Lucia Popp

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Lucia Popp (2nd from right) 1986 at a benefit concert of the ZNS - Hannelore Kohl Foundation

Lucia Popp ( Slovak : Lucia Poppová; born November 12, 1939 in Ungeraiden , Slovak Republic ; † November 16, 1993 in Munich ) was a Slovak opera singer ( soprano ). She was of Slovak, Moravian, German and Romanian descent.


The daughter of an engineer and a soprano first studied medicine and then drama at the University of Music in Bratislava . Before that, she was able to show her acting talent in two film roles: 1957 in Štyridsatštyri (German: forty-four) and 1962/63 with the female lead in Jánošik (something like the Slovakian Robin Hood ). From 1959 to 1963 she completed her vocal studies with Anna Hrušovská in Bratislava and at the Music Academy in Prague .

In 1963 Popp made his debut at the opera house there in Bratislava in one of her glamorous roles, Queen of the Night , which she was engaged in the same year after she was immediately engaged by the Vienna State Opera , under the direction of Otto Klemperer in his studio version of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera Die Zauberflöte recorded. "You are a wonder animal!" Elisabeth Schwarzkopf is said to have exclaimed in response to the young soprano s vocal performance.

This role, her only one at the beginning of her career, brought Popp to the great houses of the world. She has performed at the Theater an der Wien and the Hamburg State Opera, among others . Since she no longer just wanted to be the ›star-flaming queen‹, she gradually moved from soubretten and coloratura (Queen of the Night, Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail , Adele in Die Fledermaus 1964/5) to lyrical roles in the early 1970s about (e.g. Pamina in Die Zauberflöte , Servilia in La clemenza di Tito or Zdenka in Arabella ). About ten years later she switched to the youthful-dramatic soprano subject (e.g. Eva in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg or Elsa in Lohengrin ). Due to the darkening of her voice, she also sang Daphne in Richard Strauss ' opera of the same name in her later career .

Autograph Lucia Popp 1968

From 1966 to 1977 Popp was a permanent member of the Cologne Opera ensemble . During this time she worked u. a. played a key role in the seven operas Mozart cycle by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle , conductor István Kertész . Since 1966 she has appeared at the Royal Opera House in London and since 1967 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York . Guest appearances have taken her to numerous other opera houses. She also worked as Marie in a television adaptation of Albert Lortzing's opera Zar und Zimmermann , which has since been released on DVD.

In the lied area, Popp is primarily an interpreter of Mahler songs. She was one of Leonard Bernstein's favorite singers in this regard . But her recordings of Schubert and Schumann songs also testify to her musical mastery. She developed the necessary linguistic basics in less than two years. Whether this can be traced back to their German ancestors is speculation. Her German was never accent-free, but always idiomatic and in her presentations she combined seriousness and comedy, best of all in the folk-tones of Brahms , Dvořák , Prokofjew , Kodály , Janáček and (again) Mahler . But her interpretation of German-language children's songs and lullabies also shows an unbiased approach. Lucia Popp was first married to the conductor Georg Fischer , and her second marriage to tenor Peter Seiffert, who was 15 years his junior .

She died of an inoperable brain tumor at the age of 54 and is buried in the Slávičie údolie (Group 31) cemetery in Bratislava , Slovakia.


Complete recordings (selection)

  • Beethoven: Fidelio , Marzelline , with Janowitz, Kollo, Sotin, Fischer-Dieskau, Jungwirth. Head of Bernstein (DGG)
  • Bizet: Djamileh , Djamileh , with Bonisolli, Lafont. Head of Gardelli (Orfeo)
  • Brahms: A German Requiem , with Brendel, Prague Philharmonic Choir, Czech Philharmonic, conducted by Giuseppe Sinopoli (Polydor, 1983)
  • Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore , Adina (RCA)
  • Flotow: Martha , Martha (EMI)
  • Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice , Euridice , with Lipovsek, Kaufmann, Head of Hager (RCA)
  • Handel: Serse , Romilda , with Forrester, Tyler, Lehane, Miller, Hemsley, Brannigan, Ltg.Priestman (DGG, 1965)
  • Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel , Gretel , with Schlemm, Fassbaender, Gruberová, Hamari, Burrowes, Berry, lead Solti (Decca)
  • Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel , Taumännchen , with Moffo, Donath, Ludwig, Fischer-Dieskau, Berthold, Augér, head of Eichhorn (RCA)
  • Janáček: Jenufa , Karolka , with Hönger, Felbermayer, Pantscheff, Miljakovic, Jurinac, Mödl, Kmentt, Braun, Konetzni, Cox, headed by Jaroslav Krombholc (Myto)
  • Janáček: The clever little fox , little fox , with Randova, Jedlicka, Blachut, lead by Mackerras (Decca)
  • Lehár: The Count of Luxembourg (EMI)
  • Leoncavallo: La Bohème , Mimi (Orfeo)
  • Mozart: The Abduction from the Seraglio , Blonde (EMI)
  • Mozart: The Magic Flute , Queen of the Night , with Janowitz, Berry, Gedda, Frick, conductor Klemperer (EMI)
  • Mozart: Die Zauberflöte , Pamina , with Jerusalem, Brendel, Zednik, Gruberova, head of Haitink (EMI)
  • Mozart: Die Zauberflöte , Pamina , with Araiza, Brendel, Moll, Gruberova, conductor Sawallisch, DVD (DGG)
  • Mozart: Don Giovanni , Zerlina , with Weikl, Sass, M. Price, T. Krause, led by Solti (Decca)
  • Mozart: Idomeneo , Ilia , with Pavarotti, Baltsa, Nucci, Gruberova, cond. Pritchard (Decca)
  • Mozart: La clemenza di Tito , Servilia , cond. Kertész (Decca)
  • Mozart: La clemenza di Tito , Vitellia , cond. Harnoncourt (Teldec)
  • Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro , Countess Almaviva , with v. Dam, Hendricks, Raimondi, Baltsa, line Marriner (Philips)
  • Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro Susanna , with Te Kanawa, von Stade, Allen, Ramey, lead Solti (Decca)
  • Orff: Carmina Burana with Unger, Wolansky, Noble, Head of Frühbeck de Burgos (EMI)
  • Orff: Carmina Burana with van Kesteren, Prey, head of Kurt Eichhorn (RCA)
  • Puccini: La Bohème , Mimi with Araiza, Daniels, Brendel, Baumann, Rootering, head of Soltesz (EMI, in German)
  • Puccini: Il tabarro , Giorgetta (RCA)
  • Puccini: Suor Angelica , Angelica (RCA)
  • Strauss, J. (son): Die Fledermaus , Adele , with Varady, Weikl, Kollo, Prey, head of C. Kleiber (DGG)
  • Strauss, J. (son): Die Fledermaus , Rosalinde , with Lind, Baltsa, Seiffert, Brendel, Rydl, head of Domingo (EMI)
  • Strauss, R .: Daphne , Daphne , with Goldberg, Schreier, Wenkel, Moll, Head of Haitink (EMI)
  • Strauss, R .: Der Rosenkavalier , Sophie , with Domingo, Ludwig, G. Jones, Berry, headed by Bernstein (Sony)
  • Strauss, R .: Intermezzo , Christine , with Dallapozza, Fischer-Dieskau, Finke, Head Sawallisch (EMI)
  • Strauss, R .: The woman without a shadow , with Seiffert, De Vol, Titus, Martin, Lipovsek, led by Sawallisch, DVD (TDK)
  • Verdi: Rigoletto , Gilda (RCA)
  • Wagner: Tannhäuser and the singer's war on the Wartburg , Elisabeth , with König, Moll, Weikl, Meier, head of Haitink (EMI, 1985)

Song recordings (selection)

  • Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn with Walton Grönroos, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Leonard Bernstein (DGG)
  • Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn with Andreas Schmidt, Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, conducted by Leonard Bernstein (DGG)
  • Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn with Bernd Weikl, London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Klaus Tennstedt (EMI)
  • Prokofjew / Kodály / Mahler / Brahms: Recital in the Mozarteum 1981 with Geoffrey Parsons (Orfeo)
  • Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition Vol. 17 with Graham Johnson (Hyperion)
  • Schumann: Women's love and life with Geoffrey Parsons (RCA)
  • Strauss: Four Last Songs , London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Klaus Tennstedt (EMI)
  • Strauss: Four Last Songs , London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas (Sony)
  • Strauss: Songs with Wolfgang Sawallisch (EMI)
  • The most beautiful German children's songs and lullabies (Orfeo)

TV recordings (selection)


Web links

Commons : Lucia Popp  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Czech film database
  2. ^ Performances with Lucia Popp at the Vienna State Opera
  3. ^ Program booklet of the Vienna State Opera from January 17, 1965
  4. ^ Performances with Lucia Popp at the Royal Opera House / Covent Garden in London
  5. ^ Performances with Lucia Popp at the Metropolitan Opera in New York
  6. ^ Career with Mozart: Lucia Popp. A fono forum portrait by Clemens Höslinger, in: Fono Forum, edition 05/1966, p. 226f.
  7. Tamussino, Ursula: Lucia. Memories of Lucia Popp, Vienna: Verlag Barylli 1999, ISBN 3-901239-09-X