Notes and Editorial Reviews
Described by the great conductor Clemens Krauss as ìan interpreter of high-spirited, unreserved female characters; individual timbre, attractive and distinctive appearance,î Ranczak was born in Moravia but grew up in America, where her family sought their fortune. They returned to Europe in 1912, where she decided to pursue an operatic career by taking singing lessons at the Vienna Conservatory. Her career was launched in Dussledorf in 1918. In 1928 the Munich Opera engaged her for character roles. The highlights of her career included the Strauss roles: Aithra, Salome, Octavian, the Dyerís Wife, and Clarion. Despite guest appearances in many European capitals, the focus of her work was in Munich. Her career, as well as those of many others at the Munich Opera House, was sidelined by a series of scandals that prevented her from performing for two years. After this, essentially her career was finished, and she retired to Berg on Lake Starnberg. Just the same, this impulsive performer would be long remembered as one of the most natural singing actresses Munich had ever seen.