Notes & Reviews:
"An artist one truly feels privileged to have heard." Alan Blyth could not have put it better in this 1986 comment. Elisabeth Grummer was a singing actress who knew how to touch, move and shake her audience, whether she was playing Elisabeth pleading for Tannhauser's life, the Marschallin bidding farewell to her youth, or was offering consolation in Brahms' German Requiem. Her career was at first cut off by World War II, but her postwar activities, at the Berlin State Opera, would occupy her until her retirement in 1972. Over the course of 25 years she remained true to a group of roles that were in keeping with both her voice and her personality. The suffering heroines were her sphere: Verdi's Desdemona, Puccini's Mimi, or Wagner's Elsa and Elisabeth. She felt her ultimate role was as Strauss' Marschallin, and it was the one that marked the end of her professional career on January 1, 1972. After her passing, a true successor has never been found.
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