After vocal studies in Prague, she made her stage debut in Hanover as Blonchen in The Abduction from the Seraglio, in 1939. She first appeared at the Vienna State Opera in 1941, as Annchen in Der Freischütz, and remained with this theatre some 25 years, establishing herself in Mozart soubrette roles (Susanna, Zerlina, Despina).
She made guest appearances at the festivals of Salzburg, Aix-en-Provence, Glyndebourne, La Scala in Milan, the Royal Opera House in London, the Liceo in Barcelona, the San Carlo in Naples, the Munich State Opera, etc.
She took part in the creation of Gottfried von Einem's Der Besuch der alten Dame at the Vienna State Opera in 1971. She retired from the stage in 1979, and began teaching at the Vienna Music Academy and at the Sommerakademie in Salzburg.
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