Lisa Della Casa
2 February 1919 – 10 December 2012
Referred to as "the Liz Taylor of opera," beautiful Swiss soprano, Lisa Della Casa, was hugely admired for her interpretations of heroines in major operas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Richard Strauss.
She featured as Donna Elvira in the acclaimed filmed production of Don Giovanni with Cesare Siepi in the 50's and it is available on DVD today.
She was also an acclaimed singer of German lieder.
Lisa Della Casa's signature role was "Arabella" - by Richard Strauss. It was the role that first introduced her to London audiences where one London critic quipped - "you need to see her twice...once to listen and once to look" After the war she went on to sing on the world's other great opera stages, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House and La Scala. She was a member of the Vienna State Opera, where she appeared 411 times.
Della Casa went on to perform many of the great roles, including in such operas as "La Boheme" and "Rigoletto."
But she was especially known for her interpretations of Strauss and Mozart, notably in Strauss' "Arabella," "Der Rosenkavalier" and "Ariadne of Naxos," and in Mozart's "Don Giovanni," "The Marriage of Figaro" and "The Magic Flute."
She often returned to the role of the Countess in "The Marriage of Figaro," which she sang regularly in Europe and at The Met. Critics loved her serene voice and audiences were said to respond as well to her acting style and her radiance. She was also one of the few artists to sing all three roles in Der Rosencavalier.
Della Casa even once sang in a production of "Porgy and Bess" in Zurich, where the Gershwin opera wasn't always cast with black performers.
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