Elisabeth Schwarzkopf discusses her role as The Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier ; part 2
BROADCAST: Nov. 2, 1960 | DURATION: 00:03:23
Studs Terkel discusses with Elizabeth her her role as The Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier. This interview is done in three parts.
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Elisabeth Schwarzkopf It's now Poland, but it was German when I was born. I was, I became Austrian overnight, really, when the Vienna Opera was supposed to go to London. And I was still German, and they said, "well, we have to have you with us, so now you have to be an Austrian." And I must say I have ever since never regretted it, and I have been made very, well, they like me very much and I feel very, really at home there, I must say, now.
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf It is. It still is, definitely, you know. And when I was a young singer, to go to the Vienna State Opera, be engaged there that was the ultimate goal in life, really. I didn't want to go any further, ever. And I must say even now, you know, being a member of La Scala and God knows what all, coming back to Vienna is really still very special.
Studs Terkel Offenbach.
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Oh, quite definitely. It was by no means easy. And to convey gaiety is sometimes much more difficult than to convey other emotions in life, you know? So, of course when we recall it, the many records we did with operetta [that? there?] was always, we had great fun. You can't help. It it's just, it is just wonderful, and you are all the more carried away by it and you allow yourself being more carried away by it than with any other music, really. You have no such strict bounds.
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Yes.
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Yes. I must say that I enjoyed hardly anything so much than con-recording some of the operettas, and also if if I rehear it now and then, which I do not very often, but I think that in some of the operettas there are some of - if I, if that doesn't sound presumptuous - some of my best singing in it. It is not easy to sing operetta well.
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Well--
Studs Terkel Yes--