Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Apr 21, 2015

Thila Plaichinger (Soprano) (Wien 1868 - Wien 1939)





Her father was the headmaster and choirmaster of a big Viennese church. She studied singing at the Vienna Konservatorium under Joseph Gänsbacher, additionally with Louise Dustmann and Mampe-Babbnigg. The manager of the Hamburg Opera, Bernhard Pollini, engaged her to appear at his house, where she and made her debut in 1893. In the 1894-1901 seasons she appeared at the Stadttheater in Strasbourg. In  the 1896-1897 season she sang at the Bayreuth Festival. In 1899 she made guest appearances at the Oper in Frankfurt a. M. as Isolde in ‘’Tristan und Isolde’’, then at the  Theater of Zurich as Aida. From 1900 to 1914 she was a soloist of the Berlin Hofoper. In 1909 here she sang the title part in the première of the opera ‘’Elektra’’ of R. Strauss. In 1904 she performed at the Covent Garden as Isolde, Venus and Ortrud and in 1910 as an Elektra in the English première of Richard Strauss’s ‘’Elektra’’. She also made guest appearances in Vienna, Munich, Dresden and Amsterdam. Later she lived in Berlin, where she worked as vocal pedagogue, then in Rodaun near Vienna.

Chronology of some appearances

1893 Hamburg Opera
1894-1901 Strasbourg Stadttheater
1896-1897 Bayreuth Festival
1899 Frankfurt a. M. Oper
1900-1914 Berlin Hofoper
1904 London Covent Garden


Pathé, Berlin 1909/1910
Siegfried (Wagner): Brünnhildes Erwachen with Jacques Urlus 15726
Tristan und Isolde (Wagner): O sink hernieder with Jacques Urlus 15727
Siegfried (Wagner): Ewig war ich 15739

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