Edda Moser

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Edda Moser (born 27 October 1938) is a German soprano
Soprano
A soprano is a voice type with a vocal range from approximately middle C to "high A" in choral music, or to "soprano C" or higher in operatic music. In four-part chorale style harmony, the soprano takes the highest part, which usually encompasses the melody...

. She was particularly well-known for her interpretations of music by Mozart. Her 1973 recital LP
LP album
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 "Virtuoso Arias by W. A. Mozart" received the Grand Prix du Disque
Grand Prix du Disque
The Grand Prix du Disque is the premier French award for musical recordings. The award was inaugurated by l'Académie Charles Cros in 1948 and offers prizes in various categories. The categories vary from year to year, and multiple awards are often made in any one category in the same year...

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Personal History


Born in Berlin
Berlin
Berlin is the capital city of Germany and is one of the 16 states of Germany. With a population of 3.45 million people, Berlin is Germany's largest city. It is the second most populous city proper and the seventh most populous urban area in the European Union...

, Germany
Germany
Germany , officially the Federal Republic of Germany , is a federal parliamentary republic in Europe. The country consists of 16 states while the capital and largest city is Berlin. Germany covers an area of 357,021 km2 and has a largely temperate seasonal climate...

, she is the daughter of the musicologist Hans Joachim Moser
Hans Joachim Moser
Translated from German WikipediaHans Joachim Moser was a German musicologist, composer and singer....

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Moser made her debut as Kate Pinkerton in 1962. In 1968 appeared at the Metropolitan Opera
Metropolitan Opera
The Metropolitan Opera is an opera company, located in New York City. Originally founded in 1880, the company gave its first performance on October 22, 1883. The company is operated by the non-profit Metropolitan Opera Association, with Peter Gelb as general manager...

 for the first time, in the role of Wellgunde in Das Rheingold. She went on to sing various roles there over nine seasons, including the parts of Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) and the Königin der Nacht (Die Zauberflöte), both by Mozart.

She maintained an extensive repertoire, singing both dramatic coloratura and lirico spinto roles. She played Donna Anna in Joseph Losey
Joseph Losey
Joseph Walton Losey was an American theater and film director. After studying in Germany with Bertolt Brecht, Losey returned to the United States, eventually making his way to Hollywood...

's movie of Don Giovanni
Don Giovanni (1979 film)
Don Giovanni is a 1979 film adaptation of Mozart's classic opera Don Giovanni, based on the Don Juan legend of a seducer, destroyed by his excesses. The film stars Ruggero Raimondi in the title role. The director is Joseph Losey and the conductor Lorin Maazel. The film has generally been praised...

. She was one of the original performers of Hans Werner Henze
Hans Werner Henze
Hans Werner Henze is a German composer of prodigious output best known for "his consistent cultivation of music for the theatre throughout his life"...

's oratorio
Oratorio
An oratorio is a large musical composition including an orchestra, a choir, and soloists. Like an opera, an oratorio includes the use of a choir, soloists, an ensemble, various distinguishable characters, and arias...

 Das Floß der Medusa
Das Floß der Medusa
Das Floß der Medusa is an oratorio by the German composer Hans Werner Henze. It is regarded as a seminal work in the composer's political alignment with left-wing politics....

which she created on disc because the intended premiere in Hamburg
Hamburg
-History:The first historic name for the city was, according to Claudius Ptolemy's reports, Treva.But the city takes its modern name, Hamburg, from the first permanent building on the site, a castle whose construction was ordered by the Emperor Charlemagne in AD 808...

 was cancelled after a classical music riot.

Opera News
Opera News
Opera News is an American classical music magazine. It has been published since 1936 by the Metropolitan Opera Guild, a non-profit organization located at Lincoln Center which was founded to support the Metropolitan Opera of New York City...

has said, in a review of a series of recordings made in the 1980s, that Moser could sing with a "finely controlled" legato."

After retiring from opera, Edda Moser remained active as a recitalist during the late 1990s. She gave several concerts in Germany with Ivan Törzs
Ivan Törzs
Ivan Törzs is an American conductor and pianist educated at Princeton University, Mannes College of Music, and the Juilliard School.He worked as a pianist and conductor in Charleston, Spoleto and Santa Fe before moving to Germany in 1985....

 at the piano (Dresden, Semper Opera House 1997, Stadttheater Giessen 1999) with programs ranging from Johann Adolph Hasse
Johann Adolph Hasse
Johann Adolph Hasse was an 18th-century German composer, singer and teacher of music. Immensely popular in his time, Hasse was best known for his prolific operatic output, though he also composed a considerable quantity of sacred music...

 to Clara Schumann
Clara Schumann
Clara Schumann was a German musician and composer, considered one of the most distinguished pianists of the Romantic era...

 and Richard Strauss
Richard Strauss
Richard Georg Strauss was a leading German composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras. He is known for his operas, which include Der Rosenkavalier and Salome; his Lieder, especially his Four Last Songs; and his tone poems and orchestral works, such as Death and Transfiguration, Till...

. She gave her farewell performance in Munich in 1999 at the Cuvilliés Theatre
Cuvilliés Theatre
The Cuvilliés Theatre or Old Residence Theatre is the former court theatre of the Residenz in Munich, southern Germany.- Description :...

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Currently, Edda Moser is involved in promoting the use of proper German instead of Denglisch
Denglisch
Denglisch or Denglish is a portmanteau of the German words Deutsch and Englisch. Used in all German-speaking and Dutch-speaking countries, it describes an influx of English, or pseudo-English, vocabulary into the German or Dutch language through travel and the widespread usage of English in...

. In 2006 she founded the yearly Festspiel der Deutschen Sprache. Three CDs documenting this festival have appeared thus far at the German publishing house Edition Lübbe. She is also a professor of singing at the Hochschule für Musik
Hochschule für Musik Köln
The Cologne University of Music is a music college in Cologne, and Germany's largest academy of music.-History:The academy was founded by Ferdinand Hiller in 1850 as Conservatorium der Musik in Coeln...

 in Cologne
Cologne
Cologne is Germany's fourth-largest city , and is the largest city both in the Germany Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia and within the Rhine-Ruhr Metropolitan Area, one of the major European metropolitan areas with more than ten million inhabitants.Cologne is located on both sides of the...

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A recording by Moser of "Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen
Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen
"Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen" is the second aria sung by a coloratura soprano role Queen of the Night in Mozart's opera The Magic Flute .-The aria:...

" from Die Zauberflöte was included on Voyager 1
Voyager 1
The Voyager 1 spacecraft is a 722-kilogram space probe launched by NASA in 1977, to study the outer Solar System and eventually interstellar space. Operating for as of today , the spacecraft receives routine commands and transmits data back to the Deep Space Network. At a distance of as of...

's Golden Record
Voyager Golden Record
The Voyager Golden Records are phonograph records which were included aboard both Voyager spacecraft, which were launched in 1977. They contain sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth, and are intended for any intelligent extraterrestrial life form, or for...

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Recordings


Operas and Operettas (studio recordings)
  • Beethoven - Leonore - Leonore
  • D'Albert - Abreise - Luise
  • Gluck - Orfeo ed Euridice - Amor
  • Gounod - Faust (in German "Margarethe" highlights) - Marguerite
  • Humperdinck - Hänsel und Gretel - Knusperhexe
  • Kálmán - Gräfin Mariza - Manja
  • Lehar - Giuditta - Giuditta
  • Lehar - Lustige Witwe - Hanna Glawari
  • Leoncavallo - Pagliacci (in German "Bajazzo") - Nedda
  • Mozart - Apollo et Hyacinthus - Hyacinthus
  • Mozart - Don Giovanni - Donna Anna
  • Mozart - Idomeneo - Elettra
  • Mozart - Schauspieldirektor - Mademoiselle Silberklang
  • Mozart - Zauberflöte - Königin der Nacht
  • Orff - Prometheus - Chorführerin I
  • Rameau - Hippolyte et Aricie - prêtresse, chasseresse
  • Schubert - Verschworenen - Gräfin Ludmilla
  • Schumann - Genoveva - Genoveva
  • O. Strauss - Walzertraum - Franzi Steingrüber
  • Suppé - Boccaccio - Beatrice
  • Verdi - Don Carlos (in German, highlights) - Elisabetta
  • Wagner - Rheingold, Götterdämmerung - Wellgunde
  • Weber - Abu Hassan - Fatime


Sacred Music
  • Bach - Magnificat (BWV 243)
  • Beethoven - Missa Solemnis
  • Handel - Brockes Passion
  • Mozart - Krönungsmesse
  • Mozart - Vesperae solennes de confessore

Concert Arias and Operatic Recitals
  • Virtuoso Arias by Mozart - Orchestra of the Bavarian State Opera, Munich
    Bavarian State Opera
    The Bavarian State Opera is an opera company based in Munich, Germany.Its orchestra is the Bavarian State Orchestra.- History:The opera company which was founded under Princess Henriette Adelaide of Savoy has been in existence since 1653...

    • Works:
      • "O zittre nicht, mein lieber Sohn" "Zum Leiden bin ich auserkoren," recitative and aria for the Queen of the Night from Die Zauberflöte, Act 1
      • "Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen" aria for the Queen of the Night from Die Zauberflöte, Act 2
      • "Popoli di Tessaglia!" "Io non chiedo, eterni Dei," K. 316, recitative and aria for soprano and orchestra
        • Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch
          Wolfgang Sawallisch
          Wolfgang Sawallisch is a retired German conductor and pianist.-Biography:Sawallisch was born in Munich, and studied composition and pianoforte there privately: at the conclusion of the war, in 1946 he continued his studies at the Munich High School for Music and passed his final examination for...

      • "Crudele?" "Non mi dir, bell idol mio," recitative and aria for Donna Anna from Don Giovanni
        Don Giovanni
        Don Giovanni is an opera in two acts with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and with an Italian libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte. It was premiered by the Prague Italian opera at the Teatro di Praga on October 29, 1787...

      • "Ma che vi fece, o stelle" "Sperai vicino il lido," K. 368, recitative and aria for soprano and orchestra
      • "Martern aller Arten," aria for Konstanze from Die Entführung aus dem Serail
        Die Entführung aus dem Serail
        Die Entführung aus dem Serail is an opera Singspiel in three acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The German libretto is by Christoph Friedrich Bretzner with adaptations by Gottlieb Stephanie...

        , Act 2
        • Conductor: Leopold Hager
          Leopold Hager
          Leopold Hager is an Austrian conductor , known for his interpretations of works from the First Viennese School ....

    • Label and catalog number: EMI Electrola 1C 063-29 082 (1 LP
      LP album
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      , issued 1973)
    • Awards: Grand Prix du Disque
      Grand Prix du Disque
      The Grand Prix du Disque is the premier French award for musical recordings. The award was inaugurated by l'Académie Charles Cros in 1948 and offers prizes in various categories. The categories vary from year to year, and multiple awards are often made in any one category in the same year...

      ; Schallplattenpreis der Mozartgemeinde Wien
  • Various other albums with Mozart Concert Arias on EMI and Berlin Classics (with Jeanette Scovotti)
  • Mendelssohn - Infelice! Ah, Ritorna, Eta Felice
  • Opern-Recital - arias from Tannhauser, Oberon, Ariadne auf Naxos, Alceste, Rinaldo, Iphigenie en Tauride, La Clemenza di Tito, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, conductor Peter Schneider
  • Wagner - aria's (Isolde, Brünnhilde) Ljubljana Symphony Orchestra, conductor Anton Nanut


Lieder
Various albums on EMI with songs by Robert Schumann (Frauenliebe und -leben), Clara Schumann (Drei Lieder nach Friedrich Rückert), Brahms, Wolf (Mignon Lieder), Strauss (Brentano Lieder, Ophelia Lieder), Pfitzner and Schubert.

Symphonies
  • Beethoven - 9th symphony
  • Mahler - 8th symphony


Various
  • Cavalieri - La rappresentazione di anima e di corpo - Vita Mondana
  • Henze - Cantatas "Being Beauteous," "Cantata della Fiaba Estrema," "Whispers from Heavenly Death"
  • Henze - Das Floß der Medusa - La Mort
  • Haydn - Jahreszeiten - Hanne
  • Bruno Maderna - Studi per 'Il processo' di Franz Kafka
  • Schumann - Das Paradies und die Peri - Die Peri
  • Schumann - Des Sängers Fluch, op.139
  • Schumann - Spanisches Liederspiel, Spanische Liebeslieder, Tragödie, Liebesfrühling, Minnespiel


Spoken Word
  • Fairy tales for Christmas by Hans Christian Andersen
  • Poems to the Moon (Mondgedichte)


Live recordings
  • Handel - Rinaldo - Alcina (Met, 1984)
  • Henze - Novae de infinito laudes
  • Mozart - Don Giovanni - Donna Anna (Met, 1971)
  • Mozart - Mitridate - Aspasia
  • Verdi - Rigoletto - Gilda
  • Wagner - Walküre, first act - Sieglinde


Anthologies
  • Great Moments of . . . Edda Moser [EMI BOX SET]
  • Edda Moser singt Mozart EMI 2006


Interview
  • Edda Moser im Gespräch mit Holger Wemhof (Interview CD from 2006) comes free with the EMI Mozart anthology Edda Moser singt Mozart


Videoclips
  • Sibillando, Ululando from Händel's Teseo
    Teseo
    Teseo is an opera seria with music by George Frideric Handel, the only Handel opera that is in five acts. The Italian-language libretto was by Nicola Francesco Haym, after Philippe Quinault's Thésée...

    , posted on youtube
    YouTube
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     by gi1ro2la3mo4.
  • Fröhliche Weihnacht überall, posted on youtube
    YouTube
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    by tukrom.

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