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
Herbert Von Karajan: 3 Classic Albums - Opera Orchestral Works
Release Date: 09/09/2014   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
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  • 76.
    The Art Of Charles Dutoit
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000771602 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Hector Berlioz,  Franz von Suppé,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  French National Orchestra  ... 
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  • 77.
    Elisabeth Schwarzkopf - A Viennese Evening
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4390 Release Date: 09/26/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Lehár,  Carl Zeller,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Richard Heuberger  ... 
    Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
    Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Radio Canada Orchestra
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  • 78.
    Herbert Von Karajan Conducts The Philharmonia Orchestra
    Label: Opus Kura   Catalog: 7020 Release Date: 06/06/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emil Waldteufel,  Franz von Suppé,  Jacques Offenbach,  George Frideric Handel
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 79.
    Gruss An Wien - New Year's Concert In Vienna
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 47709 Release Date: 04/25/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Franz von Suppé,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Franz Lehár  ... 
    Performer:  Ildikó Raimondi
    Conductor:  Peter Guth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Strauss Festival Orchestra Vienna
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  • 80.
    A Tribute To Zubin Mehta
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000623402 Release Date: 04/11/2006   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Gottfried von Einem,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Walter Goodwin,  Forrest Clark,  William Kraft,  Charles DeLancey
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 81.
    A Concert Tour / Alexander Gibson
    Label: Chesky Records   Catalog: 62 Release Date: 11/23/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Jean Sibelius,  Frédéric Chopin,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Festival Orchestra
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  • 82.
    Karajan Collection - Philharmonia Promenade Concert
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 76900 Release Date: 08/16/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Hector Berlioz,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 83.
    2003 New Year's Concert - Berlioz, Strauss, Delibes
    Label: Edition Hera   Catalog: 2006 Release Date: 07/26/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Eduard Strauss,  Josef Strauss,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Theresa Ullrich
    Conductor:  Ralph Kulling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Old Vienna Strauss Ensemble
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  • 84.
    Masters Of Classical Music Vol 3 - Ponchielli, Et Al
    Label: Gega New   Catalog: 247 Release Date: 05/31/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  George Frideric Handel,  Bedrich Smetana,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Conductor:  Vassil Kazandjiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sofia Symphony Orchestra
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  • 85.
    Von Suppé, Verdi, Strauss / Marthé, European Po
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90637 Release Date: 05/31/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz von Suppé,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Jan Marthé
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  European Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 86.
    Música Para Todos - 100 Minituras Clasicas Preferidas
    Label: Yoyo   Catalog: 59200 Release Date: 04/26/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Liszt,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Festival Orchestra
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  • 87.
    2005 New Year's Concert / Maazel, Vienna Po
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4775366 Release Date: 01/25/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  J. "Pepi" Hellmesberger,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Eduard Strauss,  Franz von Suppé  ... 
    Performer:  Lorin Maazel
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 88.
    Suppe: Die Schone Galatea / Weil
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 60134 Release Date: 01/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz von Suppé
    Conductor:  Bruno Weil
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Coloniensis
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  • 89.
    André Rieu - Tuscany
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17432 Release Date: 09/21/2004  
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz von Suppé,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Carmen Monarcha
    Conductor:  André Rieu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Strauss Orchestra Netherlands
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  • 90.
    Tuscany / Andre Rieu, Johann Strauss Orchestra
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17431 Release Date: 09/21/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  André Rieu,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz von Suppé  ... 
    Performer:  André Rieu
    Conductor:  André Rieu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Strauss Orchestra
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  • 91.
    Living Voices - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Sings Operetta
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 94501 Release Date: 08/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Lehár,  Franz von Suppé,  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Rupert Glawitsch,  Josef Schmidinger,  Erich Kunz  ... 
    Conductor:  Hansgeorg Otto,  Walter Lutze,  Otto Ackermann
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  • 92.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Marcel Wittrisch Vol 2
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89591 Release Date: 06/29/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Lehár,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Carl Zeller,  Karl Millöcker  ... 
    Performer:  Marcel Wittrisch
    Conductor:  Marek Weber,  Clemens Schmalstich,  Ernst Römer,  Lewis Ruth  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Marek Weber Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra members,  Metropol Theater Orchestra  ... 
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  • 93.
    Label: Cello Classics   Catalog: 11010 Release Date: 03/01/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Benjamin Godard,  Frederick Delius  ... 
    Performer:  Douglas Cameron,  Ethel Bartlett,  Sir John Barbirolli,  W.H. Squire  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Eric Fenby,  Constant Lambert,  Christopher Finzi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Newbury String Players
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  • 94.
    Light Classics - Salon Orchestra Favourites Vol 3 / Huber
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557048 Release Date: 02/17/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Karel Komzak II,  Franz von Suppé,  Oscar Straus  ... 
    Conductor:  Georg Huber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salonorchester Schwanen
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  • 95.
    The Best Of The Academy  / Neville Marriner, Asmf
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 85624 Release Date: 02/03/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Franz von Suppé,  Luigi Boccherini  ... 
    Performer:  Denis Vigay,  Kenneth Sillito,  Paul Davies,  William Bennett
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 96.
    Massenet: Scenes Pictoresques, Etc / Albert Wolff, Et Al
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1308 Release Date: 09/09/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Franz von Suppé,  E. Nikolaus von Reznicek,  Louis Ferdinand Herold  ... 
    Conductor:  Albert Wolff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
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  • 97.
    Karajan - The Collection - Famous Overtures / Berlin Po
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000020102 Release Date: 05/13/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Wolfgang Meyer
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 98.
    Historic Organs Of Boston - Thirty-one Historic Pipe Organs
    Label: Raven Recordings   Catalog: 20 Release Date: 04/29/2003   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Matthias Weckmann,  John Jenkins,  Louis-Nicolas Clérambault  ... 
    Performer:  Kimberly Ann Hess,  Peter Sykes,  Margaret Irwin-Brandon,  Andrew Scanlon  ... 
    Conductor:  Edith Ho
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Church of the Advent Choir
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  • 99.
    Polished Brass / River City Brass Band
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 342 Release Date: 02/04/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Drew Fennell,  Andraé Crouch,  Traditional,  Peter Graham  ... 
    Performer:  David Gedris,  Bernard Black
    Conductor:  Denis Colwell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  River City Brass Band
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  • 100.
    Schubert, Mendelssohn, Weber, Smetana: Overtures / Kempe
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1276 Release Date: 01/14/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Franz Schubert,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Franz von Suppé  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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