Hilde Güden

Austrian Soprano

* 1917-09-15 Vienna (as Hulda Geiringer)
+ 1988-09-17 Klosterneuburg (near Vienna)

Having studied singing (with Otto Iro), piano (with Maria Wetzelsberger), and dancing at the Vienna Academy, Güden debuted in Benatzky's operetta "Herzen im Schnee" at the Vienna Volksoper in 1937 (under the name of Hulda Gerin). At her opera debut, she sang Cherubino at the Zurich Opera in 1939. Clemens Krauss engaged her to the Munich Opera in 1941, where she became the "successor" of Adele Kern. At Munich, Richard Strauss she studied the role of Sophie at the instigation of Richard Strauss. In 1942, she left Nazi Germany and studied in Italy, where she also sang Sophie in Rosenkavalier under Tullio Serafin at Rome and Florence. From 1947 to 1973, she was a member of the Vienna State Opera ensemble, where she soon was as one of the most popular singers.

In 1947, she appeared at London with the Vienna ensemble. Subsequently she was a guest to La Scala and the the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Florence), the Paris Opera, Covent Garden (London), Venice, and the festivals of Edinburgh and Glyndebourne. In 1951, she debuted at the Metropolitan Opera (New York), where she appeared regularly with great success until 1965, in roles such as Rosalinda, Ann Trulove, or Zdenka.

Güden's name is closely connected with the Salzburger Festspiele, where, after her debut as Zerlina in 1946, she sang many roles in Mozart's and Strauss's operas. In 1950, she appeared in the staged world premiere of Blacher's "Romeo und Julia". Her 1954 Zerbinetta was a great success that she could repeat 5 years later as the protagonist in "Die Schweigsame Frau". Gueden sang Sophie at the opening of the Festspielhaus in 1960. She was also very successful on the concert stage.

Although she was more of a lyric soprano, she had also great success as coloratura soprano, capable of superbly mastering the greatest technical difficulties. Not least thanks to her talent as an actor, she also appeared frequently in operetta roles with great success.

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Strauss R.


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