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
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  • 76.
    Sir Neville Marriner Conducts Famous Overtures / Asmf
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 411450 Release Date: 12/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Franz von Suppé,  Daniel-François Auber,  Bedrich Smetana  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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    Organ Transcriptions - Thomas Trotter
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 436656 Release Date: 11/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Charles Gounod,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Trotter
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  • 78.
    Basics - Voices Of Spring - Suppé, Et Al / Suitner, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 8599 Release Date: 11/06/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz von Suppé,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Walter Olbertz,  Günther Leib,  Karl Suske,  Peter Schreier  ... 
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner,  Manfred Honeck,  Carl von Garaguly,  Franz Konwitschny  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  ... 
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  • 79.
    New Year's Concert In Vienna 1979 / Boskovsky, Vienna PO
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 448572 Release Date: 10/31/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Eduard Strauss,  Josef Strauss  ... 
    Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 80.
    The Cleveland Orchestra At Carnegie Hall
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2056578 Release Date: 10/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz von Suppé
    Performer:  Dorothea Röschmann,  Leif Ove Andsnes
    Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 81.
    The Cambridge Buskers' Compact Classics
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 423400 Release Date: 10/22/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Franz Schubert,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Buskers
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  • 82.
    Phoenixa Series- Suppé: Overtures / Barbirolli, Hallé Orch
    Label: Emi Studio   Catalog: 64196 Release Date: 09/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz von Suppé
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli,  Sir Adrian Boult
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 83.
    The Beecham Edition - Overtures - Rossini, Mendelssohn, Etc
    Label: Emi Studio   Catalog: 63407 Release Date: 09/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Hector Berlioz,  Franz von Suppé  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 84.
    Suppé: Fatinitza / Praxmarer, Houtzeel, Scheschareg, Et Al
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777202 Release Date: 08/28/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz von Suppé
    Performer:  Zora Antonic,  Stephanie Houtzeel,  Steven Scheschareg,  Bernhard Adler  ... 
    Conductor:  Vinzenz Praxmarer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Franz Lehár Orchestra,  Bad Ischl Lehár Festival Chorus
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  • 85.
    Von Suppé: Overtures / Gustav Kuhn, Royal Philharmonic Orch
    Label: Eurodisc   Catalog: 69037 Release Date: 07/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz von Suppé
    Conductor:  Gustav Kuhn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 86.
    Rossini, Suppé: Overtures / Bernstein, Ny Philharmonic
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 44719 Release Date: 06/22/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz von Suppé,  Gioachino Rossini
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 87.
    The Village Band - A Nostalgic Recollection By Canadian Brass
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 4436 Release Date: 06/19/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Richard Strauss,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Ronald Romm,  Eugene Watts,  Charles Daellenbach,  Frederic Mills  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
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  • 88.
    New Year's Day Concert 1997 / Muti, Wiener Philharmoniker
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 56393 Release Date: 05/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss,  Franz von Suppé,  Johann Strauss Sr.  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 89.
    Rita Streich Sings Immortal Melodies
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000818602 Release Date: 03/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Luigi Arditi,  Franz von Suppé  ... 
    Performer:  Rita Streich
    Conductor:  Kurt Gaebel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
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  • 90.
    Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Legendary Recordings
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 6068 Release Date: 01/30/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz von Suppé,  Franz Lehár,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Rupert Glawitsch,  Nicolai Gedda,  Helmut Krebs  ... 
    Conductor:  Walter Lutze,  Otto Ackermann,  Walter Susskind,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 91.
    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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  • 92.
    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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  • 93.
    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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  • 94.
    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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  • 95.
    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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  • 96.
    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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  • 97.
    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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  • 98.
    Música Para Todos - 100 Minituras Clasicas Preferidas
    Label: Yoyo   Catalog: 59020 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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  • 99.
    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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  • 100.
    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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