Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers
Singers of the San Carlo Grand Opera Company

Mar 30, 2015

Cäcilie Rüsche-Endorf (Soprano) ( Dortmund 1873 - Leipzig 1939)



                                                                  Fidelio

                                                                  Isolde

She studied at the conservatoire in Cologne and with Alberto Selva in Milan. She made her debut in 1894 at the Stadttheater in Zurich as Agathe in ‘’Freischütz’’. In the 1896-1902 seasons she was a member of the Opernhauses in Cologne, where she appeared in 1902 in the premiere of the opera "Die Pompadour"  by Emanuel Moor. In 1898 she married the opera singer Hermann Endorf. In the 1904-1905 season she was engaged by  the Stadttheater in Elberfeld, from 1905 to 1910 she sang at the Opernhaus in Hannover. In the 1910-1915 seasons she appeared with great success at the Opernhaus in Leipzig. Here she sang in 1914 the the of Kundry in the première of ‘’Parsifal’’ as a partner of Jacques Urlus. She sang at the Bayreuth Festival from 1906 to 1909. She made guest appearances at the Hofoper in Berlin (1907-1909), at the Hofoper in Munich (1910-1918), at Amsterdam, Rotterdam (1910), at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels (1913, 1914), at the Deutschen Theater in Prague (1911), at the Stadttheater in Zurich and at the Hofoper in Dresden (1911). In 1908 and from 1911 to 1914 she guested at the Covent Garden in London in R. Wagner’s operas. Later she lived in Leipzig and worked there as vocal pedagogue. Her stage repertoire included Elsa in ‘’Lohengrin’’, Eva in "Meistersingern", Elisabeth in ‘’Tannhäuser’’, Desdemona in ‘’Otello’’, Pamina in "Zauberflöte", Marguerite in ‘’Faust’’ and the title role in "Königin von Saba".

Chronology of some appearances

1894 Zurich Stadttheater
1896-1902 Cologne Opernhauses
1904-1905 Elberfeld Stadttheater
1905-1910 Hannover Opernhaus
1906-1910 Bayreuth Festival 
1907-1909 Berlin  Hofoper
1908 London Covent Garden
1910-1915 Leipzig Opernhaus
1911 London Covent Garden
1911 Prague Deutschen Theater
1911 Zurich Stadttheater
1911 Dresden Hofoper
1912 London Covent Garden
1913 London Covent Garden
1913 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie
1914 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie
1914 London Covent Garden
1910-1918 Munich  Hofoper

RECORDINGS FOR SALE








Gramophone, Hannover 1907-12?
Freischütz (Weber): Und ob die Wolke (Cavatine) 2-43056 4010r
Nozze di Figaro (Mozart): Heil'ge Quelle 2-43057 4011r

Gramophone, Berlin 1909-10-29
Tannhäuser (Wagner): Dich teure Halle 2-43314 1828ab
Lohengrin (Wagner): Einsam in trüben Tagen 2-43316 

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