Elise Elizza


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(b Vienna, 6 Jan 1870; d Vienna, 3 June 1926). Austrian soprano. Her teacher in Vienna was Adolf Limley, who became her husband. She sang first in operetta, then joined the opera company at Olomouc in 1894. The following year she made her début, as Inès in L'Africaine, at the Vienna Staatsoper, where she remained as a valued and versatile member of the company until 1919. Her roles there ranged from the Queen of Night to Brünnhilde, though she was probably happiest in the lyric-coloratura repertory, such as Violetta and Marguerite de Valois in Les Huguenots. She later taught in Vienna, where Lotte Lehmann was among her pupils. A prolific early recording artist, she reveals on records a voice of exceptional beauty with a highly accomplished technique and a sensitive style.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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