Melitta Muszely

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Melitta Muszely (born September 13, 1927 in Vienna ) is an Austrian opera singer ( soprano ) and vocal teacher .

Live and act

Melitta Muszely's family originally came from Hungary . Muszely studied piano and singing at the Vienna Conservatory .

In 1950 she made her debut at the Regensburg City Theater , of which she remained a member until 1952. From 1953 to 1968 she was a permanent member of the Hamburg State Opera ensemble . She worked there in several opera premieres with, among others, 1955 Pallas Athena cries of Ernst Krenek and 1963 in Figaro gets a divorce from Giselher Klebe .

Muszely had several guest contracts, including with the Berlin State Opera , the Vienna State Opera and the Komische Oper Berlin . She also appeared as a guest at the Zurich Opera House . In 1959 she sang all four female characters (Olympia, Antonia, Giulietta, Stella) in the opera Hoffmann's Tales by Jacques Offenbach in the legendary production by Walter Felsenstein at the Komische Oper Berlin . In 1970 Melitta Muszely took over the four female characters in the DEFA film adaptation of Felsenstein's Hoffmann stories .

From 1963 to 1967 she sang numerous roles in the fields of coloratura soprano and lyrical soprano at the Vienna State Opera .

International guest performances have taken Melitta Muszely to the opera houses of Paris , Venice and Lisbon , the Salzburg Festival and the Edinburgh Festival .

Muszely was also a song and concert singer as well as a singing teacher.


Melitta Muszely was best known as a coloratura soprano . Her major operatic roles included the Mozart roles Pamina, Donna Elvira and Susanna, Marzelline in Fidelio , Marie in The Bartered Bride and Violetta Valéry by Giuseppe Verdi . Muszely was also considered a specialist in Richard Strauss' opera roles . She was particularly appreciated as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier and in the title role of Arabella . Muszely also took on roles in seldom played operas, such as Turandot in the opera of the same name by Ferruccio Busoni .

Opera (selection)


Beethoven :

Bizet :

Busoni :

Cornelius :

Debussy :

Leoncavallo :

Menotti :

Mozart :

Offenbach :


Puccini :

Smetana :

Richard Strauss :

Tchaikovsky :

Stravinsky :

Verdi :

Weber :


Case :

Kattnigg :

Lehár :

Millöcker :


Pride :

Straus :

Bouquet :

Soup :

Audio documents

The musical work of Melitta Muszely, passed down through radio recordings, live recordings and records, has been partially re-released on CD in recent years. Melitta Muszely also made numerous operetta recordings for radio, often as a partner of Fritz Wunderlich : The Tsarevich and The Land of Smiles by Franz Lehár , The Rose by Stambul by Leo Fall .

Recordings (selection)



Web links

Individual evidence

  1. The two thousand and one film lexicon  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /  
  2. ^ Chronicle of the Vienna State Opera 1945-1995, Verlag Anton Schroll & Co., Vienna and Munich 1995.
  3. Fritz Wunderlich's Colleagues compilation by Andreas Praefcke