Tuesday, 11 December 2012

RIP Lisa Della Casa

This building appears to be missing a black flag (photo taken just over an hour ago). Ioan Holender usually made sure that these things were taken care of promptly.

Lisa Della Casa sang 411 performances in 27 roles at this house, most famously in Mozart and Strauss, though she also made regular appearances as Mimì, Gilda and Cio-Cio-San, among others. Earlier today Dominique Meyer announced that the Staatsoper will devote an exhibition to her next season.


Della Casa's final performance at the Staatsoper, on 25th October 1973, was of course Arabella; the term of endearment 'Arabellissima' never seemed to be much of a thing here, but rather – and quite touchingly – 'die Richtige'.

In that spirit, from the 1953 Musikverein recording of Strauss highlights, with Hilda Gueden, Rudolf Moralt and the Wiener Philharmoniker:

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