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Elise Elizza (1870-1926).

  • Profession: Soprano.
  • Relation to Mahler: Worked with Gustav Mahler.
  • Correspondence with Mahler:
  • Born: 06-01-1870 Vienna, Austria.
  • Died: 03-06-1926 Vienna, Austria.
  • Buried: 00-00-0000 Central cemetery, New Jewish Cemetery, Vienna, Austria. Grave 3-4-3.
  1. 27-01-1901 Year 1901 c139. 1901 Concert Vienna 27-01-1901.
  2. 17-02-1901 Year 1901 c140. 1901 Concert Vienna 17-02-1901 - Das Klagende Lied (Premiere).
  3. 20-01-1902 Year 1902 c145. 1902 Concert Vienna 20-01-1902 - Symphony No. 4, Das Klagende Lied.
  4. 24-11-1907 Year 1907 c203. 1907 Concert Vienna 24-11-1907 - Symphony No. 2.

A soprano, she is remembered for her performances at the Vienna State Opera (VSO) in a wide variety of roles. Born Elisabeth Letzgroschen, she was trained locally by her future husband Adolf Limley as well as by respected soprano Amalie Materna; Elise gained experience in operetta, joined the opera company of Olomouc in 1894, then in 1895 made her VSO bow as Ines of Meyerbeer's "L'Africaine". 

Over the years she sang roles ranging from the light coloratura Queen of the Night in Mozart's "The Magic Flute" to the heavily dramatic Brunnhilde of Wagner's "Ring Cycle", her many other assignments including the doll Olympia in Offenbach's "The Tales of Hoffmann", Elsa from Wagner's "Lohengrin", the lost Violetta of Verdi's "La Traviata", Marguerite in Meyerbeer's "Les Huguenots", Mathilde from Rossini's "William Tell", Santuzza of Mascagni's "Cavalleria Rusticana", Leonora from Verdi's "Il Trovatore", and the title leads of Massenet's "Manon" and Bizet's "Carmen". An accomplished oratorio artist who gave acclaimed performances of Verdi's "Manzoni Requiem" and who premiered Mahler's "Das klagende Lied" in 1901, Elise made guest appearances at the German Theatre of Prague in 1904 and at Brunn in 1912, retired from the VSO in 1919, and was a sought-after voice teacher, her students including the legendary soprano Lotte Lehmann. Much of her rather significant recorded legacy is preserved on CD.

German

Elise Elizza, eigentlich Elisabeth Letztergroschen, verheiratete Elisabeth Limley war eine österreichische Opernsängerin (Sopran) und Gesangspädagogin.

Elise Elizza (1870-1926).

Elizza begann im Jahre 1893 als Operettensoubrette am Carltheater, nachdem sie Gesangsunterricht bei ihrem nunmehrigen Gatten Adolf Limley genommen hatte, ihre Laufbahn und debütierte als „Margit“ in Charles Weinbergers Lachende Erben. Danach ging sie ans Stadttheater in Olmütz und wurde 1895 ans Hofoperntheater in Wien engagiert. Ihre Antrittsrolle „Ines“ in L’Africaine (Giacomo Meyerbeer) erfolgte ohne vorangegangene Probe. Zur weiteren Ausbildung nahm sie noch Unterricht bei Amalie Materna. Nachdem sie am 30. August 1918 aus dem Verband des Hofoperntheaters schied, arbeitete sie ab 1919 als Gesangspädagogin.

Sie starb 1926 und wurde auf dem Wiener Zentralfriedhof (Neue Israelitische Abteilung, Viertes Tor, Grab 3/4/3; am Grabmal Kupferrelief der Staatsoper, Baum mit singendem Vogel und Inschrift „Nur der Schönheit weiht' ich mein Leben“ von Emil Ranzenhofer (1864-1930)) begraben.

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