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Hanna Schwarz (Mezzo-soprano, Contralto) Born: August 15, 1943 - Hamburg, Germany

The German mezzo-soprano, Hanna Schwarz, studied in Hamburg, Hannover and Essen.

In 1970 Hanna Schwarz made her operatic debut as Maddalena in Rigoletto in Hannover. In 1973 she became a member of the Hamburg State Opera. She sang with the Bavarian State Opera in Munich for the first time in 1974. In 1975 she made her debut at the Bayreuth Festival as Flosshilde in Das Rheingold and continued to sing there during the next decade. In 1977 she made her USA debut as Fricka in Das Rheingold at the San Francisco Opera, and also appeared as Preziosilla at the Paris Opéra. In 1978 she sang Cherubino at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin. In February 1979 she appeared as Countess Geschwitz in the first complete performance of Lulu at the Paris Opéra. That same year she also made her debut at the Salzburg Festival as soloist in L.v. Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. In 1980 she sang for the first time at London’s Covent Garden as Waltraute and returned to the Salzburg Festival to sing Juana in a concert performance of Krenek’s Karl V. In 1992 she made her first operatic stage appearance at the Salzburg Festival when she sang Herodias.

As a concert artist, Hanna Schwarz sang widely in Europe and North America.

Source: Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of 20th Century Classical Musicians (1997)
Contributed by Aryeh Oron (May 2001); Matthias Hansen (Photo - November 2007, Photo 04 - January 2010))

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