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Name: Elisabeth Grümmer  
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Date of Birth: 6th November 1911
Place of Birth: Meiningen
Profession: Singer
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Elisabeth Grümmer (March 31, 1911 – November 6, 1986) was an German operatic soprano.

She was born at Niederjeutz, near Diedenhofen, Alsace-Lorraine (later Yutz-Basse; now Thionville, France) to German parents. In 1918, her family were expelled from Lorraine, and they settled in Meiningen, where she studied theater and made her stage debut as Klärchen in Goethe's Egmont.

She married the concertmaster of the theater orchestra, Detlev Grümmer, and became a mother. The family moved to Aachen, where they met Herbert von Karajan. Elisabeth started to take singing lessons, von Karajan cast her as the first flower maiden in a performance of Wagner's Parsifal. She went on to perform in Duisburg and Prague.

Her husband was killed in a bombing in the war. After the war, she settled in Berlin, singing at the Städische Oper Berlin. She performed in all the major opera houses in Europe and the United States, restricting herself to a small number of roles, always sung in German. She was also active in song recitals and concert performances, particularly of Brahms' German Requiem.

She became a professor at the Berlin Musikhochschule.

She died in Warendorf, Westphalia.



  • "Der Rosenkavalier" by Richard Strauss, conductor Wilhelm Schlüchter, EMICLASSICS 8264302 CD-Album (2000)
  • "Der Freischütz" by Carl Maria von Weber, conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler, EMICLASSICS 5674192 2CD-Album (2000)
  • "Lohengrin" by Richard Wagner, conductor Rudolf Kempe, EMICLASSICS 567415 3CD-Album
  • "Hänsel und Gretel" by Engelbert Humperdinck, conductor Herbert von Karajan, EMICLASSICS 5670612 2CD-Album (1999)
  • "Don Giovanni" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler, EMICLASSICS 7638602 3CD-Album (1991)
  • "Die Hochzeit des Figaro" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, RELIEF B0001M64VQ 2CD-Album (2004)

Passions and Cantatas

  • "Matthäus-Passion" BWV 244 by Johann Sebastian Bach, conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler, EMICLASSICS 5655092 2CD-Album (1995)
  • "Johannes-Passion" BWV 245 by Johann Sebastian Bach, conductor Karl Forster, EMICLASSICS 7642342 2CD-Album (1992)
  • "Kantaten - Cantatas" by Johann Sebastian Bach, conductor Kurt Thomas, BERLINCLASSICS B000024WMM CD (1996)
  • "Bach MADE IN GERMANY" Vol. II Kantaten, Motetten, Weihnachtsoratorium, conductor Kurt Thomas, BERLINCLASSICS B000031W6B 8CD-Album (1999)


  • "Elisabeth Grümmer, Lieder by Schubert, Brahms, Grieg und Verdi", conductor Hugo Diez and Richard Kraus, TESTAMENT B000003XJQ (1996)
  • "Elisabeth Grümmer, Liederabend, Lieder by Mendelssohn, Schumann, Schoeck, Wolf", ORFEO 506001B CD (2000)
  • "Recital 1970, Lieder by Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Reger, Schubert, Schumann, Strauss, Wolf", Dirigent Richard Kraus, GALA B000028CLY 2CD-Album (2001)

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