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Rosette Anday
Rosette Anday (bevor 1927)

Piroska Anday (Budapest, 12 December 1903 - Vienna, 22 December 1977 ) known as Rosette Anday, was a leading Hungarian mezzo-soprano.[1][2]


On the 23 September 1921, Bizet's opera Carmen was performed at the Vienna State Opera and a hitherto unknown 18-year-old woman sang the most difficult arias of the opera. Franz Schalk, the then director of the Vienna State Opera, had heard the young singer a few months earlier in Budapest, where she studied singing at the local conservatory and took violin lessons with the composer Jen? Hubay. Schalk employed her immediately, without offering her a customary guest engagement and within a short time Rosette Anday became one of the leading mezzo-sopranos of the Vienna State Opera.

One of her teachers was the alto and mezzo soprano Mme. Charles Cahier who had sung Carmen at the Vienna Court Opera between 1907 and 1911. Funded by Schalk and Richard Strauss, she gave her first song recital in the Grand Musikverein in Vienna in the same season .

After her debut, she sang first as Cherubino in Mozart's opera Le nozze di Figaro, then as Dorabella in the opera Così fan tutte (in this role she also appeared in one of the first opera performances of the Salzburg Festival). Since her voice became increasingly voluminous in a very short time, she took more and more roles in French and Italian opera in her repertoire and sang in Verdi's opera Aida, the figure of Waltraute in Wagner's opera Götterdämmerung and the role of Brangäne in Tristan and Isolde. Five years after her debut at the Vienna State Opera, she sang the dream role of every mezzo soprano: The role of Dalila in Camille Saint-Saëns opera Samson et Dalila .

Afterwards she toured through all major opera houses in Europe, as well as through North and South America. Here she celebrated her greatest success in the role of Klytämnestra in the ostrich -Oper Elektra, but the Vienna State Opera was always closely connected.

In 1938, after the annexation of Austria, Rosette Anday was banned from performing because of her Jewish background, she lived in a "privileged mixed marriage", but had to hide from the deportations.

Shortly after the end of the war she started her new career at the Theater an der Wien .

Rosette Anday was one of the youngest chamber singer in history and one of the most dedicated opera singers ever. She won many prizes around the globe. From the Vienna State Opera her membership was transferred honorary. Extremely popular in Viennese society, she lived in her villa in Pressbaum ( St. Pölten-Land district ) in Rosette Anday Street until the end of her life. She died ten days after her 74th birthday and found her final resting place in a grave of honor at the Vienna Central Cemetery (group 32 C, number 48).



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  1. ^ Christa Ludwig - In My Own Voice: Memoirs - 1999 Page 37 0879102810 - It was then that I first realized what it was like to sing in a huge, grand opera house, and I truly felt that singing in such a place was a great honor. I was overwhelmed with reverence and pride. Here I was, permitted to sing in the same place as the most celebrated singers of the past, singers whom my parents had always spoken of with the utmost admiration: Maria Jeritza, Rosette Anday, Lotte Lehmann, Leo Slezak, Alfred Piccaver, and many, many others.
  2. ^ Susana Salgado -The Teatro Solís: 150 Years of Opera, Concert and Ballet in Montevideo 2003 0819565946 ... mobile," a rare occurrence on our stage.5 The great success of the 1929 Italian season was a Carmen sung by Rosette Anday, a Hungarian mezzo-soprano now nearly forgotten. But on this occasion she was one of the best Carmens we have seen or heard on the Solis stage, with a very different point of view from Besanzoni's characterization. . . . Not too dramatic or excessively warm, not too elegant like many French Carmens we remember, Anday is an artist of exceptional quality, ...
  3. ^ Aufstellung aller durch den Bundespräsidenten verliehenen Ehrenzeichen für Verdienste um die Republik Österreich ab 1952 (PDF; 6,9 MB)


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