Apr 14, 2015
Elsa Stralia (Soprano) (Adelaide, South Australia 1880 - Melbourne, Australia 1945)
She was the daughter of the German baritone Hugo Fischer, who emigrated to
First she received her education by her father, then at the Albert Street
Conservatory in Australia Melbourne under Elise Wiedermann and then
perfected her vocal technique with the conductor and impresario Gustav Slapoffski
in Sydney. First
she sang in concerts under the name Elsa Adela in Australia. In 1910 she gave under
this name also in London
some concerts. Then she went to Italy
and became a pupil of Falchi in Milan.
she made her debut, now under the name Elsa Stralia, at the Teatro Carlo Felice
in Genoa. In 1913 she sang at the Covent Garden in London the part of Donna Elvira in ‘’Don Giovanni’’.
The next year she appeared there as Elsa in ‘’Lohengrin’’, Elisabeth in ‘’Tannhäuser’’,
Leonora in ‘’Trovatore’’, Amelia in ‘’Ballo in maschera’’ and Santuzza in ‘’Cavalleria
Rusticana’’. During the First World War she gave many concerts in England and Ireland
and sang the part of Aida with great success at the Drury
in London under
sir Thomas Beecham. In 1920 she appeared at the Concerts Lamoureux in Paris. Vast concert tours
led her through England,
North America and Australia.
In 1929 she undertook a big USA
tour. In 1933 she married during a New Zealand
tour to Adolphe Christensen and then lived from 1933 to 1943 in Auckland. During her last
years she came back to Melbourne,
where she was active in the educational area.
Chronology of some appearances
1912 Genova Teatro Carlo Felice
1913 London Covent Garden
1914 London Covent Garden
RECORDINGS FOR SALE
Columbia, London 1915/1916?
Faust (Gounod): Jewel song (It) 7195 6855
Semiramide (Rossini): Bel raggio 7193 6630
Goodbye (Tosti) 7119 6651
Columbia, London 1917/1918?
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Voi lo sapete 7196
pt 1 with Frank Mullings 7248 74063
Aida (Verdi): pt 2 with Frank Mullings 7249 74064
Tannhäuser (Wagner): Elisabeth's greeting 7243 74067
Oberon (Weber): Ocean thou mighty monster 7259 74274
Carmen (Bizet): My Mother I Behold (Mia madre vedo ancor) with Frank Mullings 7258 74106