Franz von Suppé

Biography

Born: April 18, 1819; Spalato, Croatia   Died: May 21, 1895; Vienna, Austria  
Composer Franz von Suppé -- in full, Francesco Ezechiele Ermenegildo, Cavaliere Suppé-Demelli -- was the leading light of Austrian operetta in the middle and late nineteenth century, enjoying a success that rivaled that of Frenchman Jacques Offenbach. Suppé's pedigree perhaps hinted at his promise as a composer of stage works: He was a distant relative to Italian opera luminary Gaetano Donizetti, who took an active hand in Suppé's education when Read more the budding composer's talent became evident.

Suppé was born in Spalato, Dalmatia (now Split, Croatia); his parents, who discouraged his musical career, were Austrians of Belgian extraction. Though he demonstrated compositional aptitude at a young age -- by the age of 13 he had written a Mass -- Suppé studied law in Italy. After his father's death, however, he returned to Austria with his mother and made several return visits to Italy, probably resulting from his contact with Donizetti. Steeped in the music of Rossini and Verdi, he brought a lifetime's reserve of Italianate melody to Vienna.

In 1841 Suppé produced a singspiel, Jung Lustig (Young and Merry), which launched his career as a composer of operetta and light concert music. In 1846 he wrote his most familiar work, Dichter und Bauer (Poet and Peasant), an overture to a now-forgotten stage play; though an agreeable concert staple today, it attracted little attention at the time of its composition. Suppé enjoyed his first flush of real success with The Country Girl (1847), which cemented his reputation in such locales as Vienna, Baden, and Pressburg (Bratislava). His popularity remained steady for decades; in the course of his career he produced a copious quantity of lively, attractive music, emerging in the process as the virtual godfather of Viennese operetta.

That most characteristic phase of Suppé's career began with Das Pensionat (The Boarding School), a work designed to provide a Viennese counterpart to the phenomenally successful French operettas of Jacques Offenbach. Offenbach's works had invaded Viennese theaters, but Suppé countered their influence with such works as Gervinus, Flotte Bursche (Jolly Lad), and Fatinitza, each of which was performed more than 100 times. His fame resulted in an invitation to visit the seemingly inhospitable climes of Wagner's first Bayreuth festival in 1876.

Aside from Poet and Peasant, Suppé's most enduring works include the Light Cavalry Overture (1866) and the operetta Boccaccio (1879), widely regarded as the composer's finest effort. His other music includes a Requiem, masses, symphonies, and various choral and vocal works. Read less
Suppé: Die Schöne Galathée / Eitler, Bogner, Heyn, Et Al
Release Date: 05/15/2001   Label: Cpo  
Catalog: 999726   Number of Discs: 1
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Franz Von Suppe: Extremum Judicium
Release Date: 08/27/2013   Label: Cpo  
Catalog: 777842   Number of Discs: 2
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    Thomas Coates: The Father of Band Music in America
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1556 Release Date: 02/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
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    Elisabeth Schwarzkopf: The Complete Recitals 1952-74
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    New Year's Concert - The Complete Works
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    Karajan - The Opera Recordings
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    Mercury Living Presence - The Collector's Edition Vol 3
    Label: Mercury Living Presence   Catalog: 002275902 Release Date: 03/23/2015   Number of Discs: 53
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    Neujahrskonzert / New Year's Concert 2015 [blu-ray]
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    New Year's Concert 2015 / Zubin Mehta, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875037912 Release Date: 01/06/2015   Number of Discs: 2
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    Classics For The People Vol 2 / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94935 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 2
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    Most Wanted Recitals -  Ursula Farr Sings Arias
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    Herbert Von Karajan: 3 Classic Albums - Opera Orchestral Works
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    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 633623 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 12
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    Franz Von Suppe: Extremum Judicium
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777842 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz von Suppé
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    Best Of Pops / Arthur Fiedler, Boston Pops Orchestra
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    Suppe: Requiem / Fajtova, Gottwald, Muzek, Schaller
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 12061 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz von Suppé
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    Label: Sony   Catalog: 544222 Release Date: 02/05/2013   Number of Discs: 1
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