Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jun 15, 2015

Anka Horvat (Contralto) (Kastel bei Zlatova, Croatia 1884 - Zagreb, Croatia 1948)


She was trained by the pedagogue Leonija Brückl in Zagreb and studied later under Philip Forstén in Vienna. She made her debut in 1904 at the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb as Carmen and remained there till 1914. In  the 1914-1917 seasons she was active as the first contralto at the Hofoper in Dresden. Here she sang in 1914 the part of Kundry in the Dresden première of the ‘’Parsifal’’. The Azucena belonged to her other star roles in ‘’ Trovatore’’, also Carmen, Charlotte in ‘’Werther’’, Ulrica in ‘’Ballo in maschera’’, Amneris in ‘’Aida’’ and Brangäne in ‘’Tristan und Isolde’’. In 1918 she appeared as a guest at the Hofoper in Vienna. In 1920 she sang in Munich (Staatsoper), Berlin and Leipzig. Then she went back again to her native country, still sang at Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb and gave a concerts. After a marriage, apparently she also sang under the name Anka Horvat Gottlieb.

Chronology of some appearances

1904-1914 Zagreb Croatian National Theatre 
1914-1917 Dresden Hofoper
1918 Vienna Hofoper
1920 Munich Staatsoper


Trovatore (Verdi): Die Mutter spricht mit dir with Tino Pattiera Rxx80807 xxB6318 
Trovatore (Verdi): Wenn du mich liebst with Tino Pattiera Rxx80806 xxB6316 
Trovatore (Verdi): Lodernde Flammen Rxx880809


  1. Anka Horvat also sang Mary Magdalene in the Dresden World première of d'Albert's 'Die toten Augen' on 5 March 1916 under Fritz Reiner