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Margarete Klose (1902 - 1968)


Margarete Klose’s father died when she was young, meaning that although always a keen singer, she had to support herself by working as a secretary. However, her talent was recognised by a colleague who advised her to audition for the Klindworth-Scharwenka Conservatory in Berlin, where she was immediately accepted for vocal studies with Franz Marschalk and Walter Bültemann, whom she married. She made her operatic stage debut in 1927 as the gypsy girl Manja in Kalman’s operetta Gräfin Maritza, followed by Azucena / Il trovatore in Ulm where she sang a wide variety of roles and stints with the opera companies at Kassel and Mannheim.

By now Klose was tackling all the major mezzo-soprano roles. She was engaged by the Berlin State Opera in 1931, remaining with this company until 1949. She made her debut as Azucena, followed by Klytaemnestra / Elektra under Furtwängler, Ortrud / Lohengrin under Erich Kleiber and Adriano / Rienzi under Leo Blech, as well as many other roles. Among the first performances in which she participated in Berlin were Pfitzner’s Das Herz (1931), Herbert Windt’s Andromache (1932) and Paul Graener’s Der Prinz von Homburg (1935).

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