Maria Müller

Biography

Czech soprano Maria Müller was among the most prominent and beloved lyric/dramatic sopranos singing the German repertory in the interwar years. With an attractive instrument and a warm and instantly appealing stage manner, she proved herself an important member of the Metropolitan Opera, Berlin Staatsoper, and Bayreuth Festival during the 1930s. She was also sufficiently versatile to manage the Italian repertory with some distinction, making Read more herself a viable alternative to Elisabeth Rethberg, if without Rethberg's particular measure of vocal gold. Müller's was not an especially long prime; by the time WWII was over, her voice was showing advanced signs of the unsteadiness that was incipient, but well concealed in her best years.

After studying with the Wagnerian tenor Erik Schmedes in Vienna, Müller made her debut in Linz as Elsa, a role which would become a central one in her future. She was engaged in Prague from 1921 to 1923 and sang in Munich in 1923 and 1924. Müller's Metropolitan Opera debut took place on January 21, 1925, as Sieglinde, another of her signature roles. She was greeted with good reviews, such as one from veteran W.J. Henderson deeming her Sieglinde "one of the most satisfying the Metropolitan has known." A lovely face and a slender figure were no liabilities in her presentation, nor was there hesitation about her fresh, lyrically oriented voice.

Müller was offered in a variety of roles, several of them not quite so well-suited as her Wagner calling card. Late January brought a role ideally suited to Müller's strengths; as Marie in Smetana's Bartered Bride, she joined bass-baritone Michael Bohnen and an exemplary cast to offer audiences a revelatory production of an unfamiliar, but wonderful work. In February, Müller was the company's choice for the role of Maria in Montemezzi's 1905 Giovanni Gallurese. This failed attempt to achieve a success from the composer's pre-L'Amore dei Tre Re days was not heard again after three more performances. Also in February, Müller performed the eponymous heroine in Aida and won respect, but little conviction that she was the most appropriate choice for the role.

Müller's subsequent career at the Metropolitan moved between German roles, many of them done beautifully, and Italian parts such as Puccini's Butterfly which was found "still in the chrysalis state." In New York, Müller continued her vocal studies with Paul Altglass and in 11 seasons was presented in a total of 167 performances covering 19 roles. In addition to the aforementioned roles, she sang a lovely, knowing Eva, a superb Gutrune, a powerful Donna Elvira, and an Amelia in the first American production of Verdi's Simon Boccanegra. Her Elisabeth in Tannhäuser was another interpretation deemed by Henderson "among the best the Metropolitan stage has known."

At Berlin and Bayreuth, Müller's years stretched from 1926 to 1943 and from 1930 to 1944, respectively. In Bayreuth, she was Toscanini's choice for Elisabeth in his 1930 production of Tannhäuser preserved on disc, but with Karl Elmendorff rather than the Italian maestro conducting. Recorded on stage, but sans audience, Müller's performance, particularly her last act "Allmächt'ge Jungfrau," testifies to her disarming art. During the years of Heinz Tietjen's leadership (he played a major role in Berlin as well), Müller was Bayreuth's reigning Sieglinde and Elisabeth and was heard prominently as Senta and Eva as well.

In London, her memorable Eva was praised for its youthful freshness, her Sieglinde for its impassioned lyricism. Read less

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Czech soprano Maria Müller was among the most prominent and beloved lyric/dramatic sopranos singing the German repertory in the interwar years. With an attractive instrument and a warm and instantly appealing stage manner, she proved herself an important member of the Metropolitan Opera, Berlin Staatsoper, and Bayreuth Festival during the 1930s. She was also sufficiently versatile to manage the Italian repertory with some distinction, making Read more
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Act I Scene 1: Prelude
Act I Scene 1: Da zu dir der Heiland kam
Act 1 Scene 2: Nun sollt Ihr singen!
Act I Scene 2: Mein Herr! Der Singer Meisterschlag
Act I Scene 3: Seid meiner Treue wohl versehen
Act I Scene 3: Am stillen Herd in Winterszeit
Act I Scene 3: Fanget an!
Act II: Prelude
Act II Scene 1: Johannistag! Johannistag!
Act II Scene 2: Lass seh'n, ob Meister Sachs zu Haus?
Act II Scene 3: Zeig her - 's ist gut (Sachs, David)
Act II Scene 3: Was duftet doch der Flieder
Act II Scene 4: Gut'n Abend, Meister!
Act II Scene 5: Da ist er!
Act II Scene 6: Wie? Sachs? Auch er? (Walther)
Act II Scene 6: Jerum! ... Als Eva aus dem Paradies (Sachs, Beckmesser, Walther, Eva)
Act II Scene 6: Freund Sachs! So hort doch nur ein Wort! (Beckmesser)
Act II Scene 6: Den Tag seh' ich erscheinen
Act II Scene 6: Darf ich mich Meister nennen
Act II Scene 6: Zum Teufel mit dir, verdammter (David)
Act III Prelude
Act III Scene 1: Gleich, Meister! Hier!
Act III Scene 1: Am Jordan Sankt Johannes stand
Act III Scene 1: Wahn! Wahn!
Act III Scene 2: Gruss' Gott, mein Junker!
Act III Scene 2: O Sachs! Mein Freund!
Act III Scene 2: Morgen ich leuchte in rosigem Schein
Act III Scene 3: Ein Werbelied!
Act III Scene 4: Gruss Gott, mein Ev'chen!
Act III Scene 4: Weilten die Sterne im lieblichen Tanz?
Act III Scene 5: Procession of the Guilds
Act III Scene 5: Procession of the Mastersingers
Act III Scene 5: Wach' auf
Act III Scene 5: Euch macht ihr's leicht
Act III Scene 5: Morgenlich leuchtend im rosigen Schein
Act III Scene 5: Morgenlich leuchtend im rosigen Schein
Act III Scene 5: Verachtet mir die Meister nicht
Act III Scene 5: Ehrt eure deutschen Meister
Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Act I: Prelude
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Prelude to Act 1
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Da zu dir der Heiland kam
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Mein Herr! Der Singer Meister Schlag
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Der Meister Ton' und Weisen
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Damit, Herr Ritter, ist's so bewandt!
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Aller End' ist doch David der Allergescheit'st'!
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Seid meiner Treue wohl versehen
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Gott gruss euch, Meister!
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: das schone Fest, Johannistag
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Vielleicht schon ginget ihr zu weit
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Dacht' ich mir's doch!
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Am stillen Herd in Winterzeit
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Nun, Meister, wenn's gefallt
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Fanget an!
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Seid ihr nun fertig?
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Halt! Meister! Nicht so geeilt!
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Johannistag! Johannistag!
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Lass seh'n, ob Meister Sachs zu Haus?
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Zeig her! - 's ist gut
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Was duftet doch der Flieder
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Gut'n Abend, Meister!
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Hilf Gott! Wo bliebst du nur so spat?
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Da ist er!
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Geliebter, spare den Zorn!
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Uble Dinge, die ich da merk'
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Tu's nicht! Doch horch!
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Jerum! Jerum!
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Das Fenster geht auf
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Den Tag seh' ich erscheinen
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Prelude to Act Three
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Gleich Meister! Hier!
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Am Jordan Sankt Johannes stand
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Wahn! Wahn! Uberall wahn!
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Gruss Gott, mein Junker!
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Mein Freund! In holder Jugendreit
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Morgendlich leuchtend in rosigem Schein
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Ein Webelied! Vo nSachs? - ist's wahr?
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Das Gedicht? Hier liess ich's
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Sieh, Evchen!
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Hat man mit dem Schuhwerk nicht seine Not!
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: sankt Crispin, lobet ihn!
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Ihr tanzt? Was werden die Meister sagen?
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Silentium! Silentium!... Wach auf, es nahet gen den Tag
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Euch macht ihr's leicht, mir macht ihr's schwer
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Nun denn, wenn's Meistern und Volk believt
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Morgen ich leuchte in rosigem Schein
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Das Lied, furwahr, ist nicht von mir
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Morgendlich leuchtend im rosigen Schein
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Verachtet mir die Meister nicht


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