Marta Fuchs

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Marta Fuchs in rehearsal for Der Rosenkavalier at the Staatsoper (1937)
Marta Fuchs with Heinz Tietjen and Ivar Andresen at the Bayreuther Festspielen, 1936

Marta Fuchs (January 1, 1898 - September 22, 1974) was a German operatic soprano.

She was born in Stuttgart. In 1923 she had her first concert, and from 1928 she made her operatic debut in Aachen. In 1930 she switched to the Staatsoper in Dresden. After retraining from an alto to a high dramatic soprano, she sang, among other parts, Marschallin, Isolde, Brünnhilde, Arabella, and Fidelio.

From 1933 to 1942, she worked at the Bayreuther Festspiele, where she played Isolde, Kundry and especially Brünnhilde. On February 20, 1935 she played the part of Maria Tudor in the premiere of Rudolf Wagner-Regeny's Der Günstling. However, she remained distant from the National Socialist regime. In 1936, she told him "Sir Hitler, they are making war!" After Hitler's protestation, she replied "I don't believe you." In May 1939 Hitler greeted her asking "Now, have I made war?" Fuchs replied, "I still don't believe you!"[1]

In 1941, she sang Fidelio-Leonore at the Roman Opera.

She gave a guest performances at Bayreuth (e.g. Kundry in Parsifal, 1938), Amsterdam, Paris, London, Berlin, Wien and Salzburg. In 1935 she sang in the premiere of Strauss's Die schweigsame Frau. In 1945 she returned to Stuttgart and in 1952 retired from the stage.


  1. ^ Gottfried von Einem, Erinnerungen.

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This article incorporates information from the German Wikipedia.