Minnie Nast


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(b Karlsruhe, 10 Oct 1874; d Füssen, 20 June 1956). German soprano. She studied at the Karlsruhe Conservatory and made her début at Aachen in 1897. She sang in Dresden from 1898 to 1919 and then taught there until the bombing of the city in 1945. She toured the USA and Canada in 1905 and was also heard in Russia, the Netherlands and England, where, at Covent Garden, her principal roles were Aennchen, Marzelline and Eva. This was in the 1907 winter season; its tragic sequel, the shipwreck in which many of the company lost their lives, made her determined never to go overseas again. She sang mostly light and soubrette roles, specializing in W. A. Mozart and, in 1911, creating the part of Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier. Her technical accomplishment and clear tone are well preserved in some early solo recordings; she also recorded her original part in the trio from Der Rosenkavalier and sang Micaëla in the first recording of Carmen.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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