Edda Moser

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Edda Moser, 2016

Edda Moser (born 27 October 1938) is a German operatic soprano. She was particularly well known for her interpretations of music by Mozart. Her 1973 recital LP Virtuose Arien von WA Mozart received the Grand Prix du Disque.


Moser was born in Berlin, the daughter of the musicologist Hans Joachim Moser. She studied there at the Stern Conservatory with Hermann Weißenborn and Gerty König and made her debut as Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in 1962. After singing in the Wurzburg Opera Chorus from 1962 until 1963, she sang at the opera houses in Hagen, Bielefeld, Hamburg and Frankfurt, before joining the Vienna State Opera in 1971. She also sang in Salzburg.[1]

She made her American debut in November 1968, when she appeared at the Metropolitan Opera in the role of Wellgunde in Das Rheingold. She went on to sing various roles there over nine seasons, including the parts of Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) and the Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute), as well as Liù in Puccini's Turandot.

She maintained an extensive repertoire, singing both coloratura and lirico spinto roles. She played Donna Anna in Joseph Losey's movie Don Giovanni. She was one of the original performers of Hans Werner Henze's oratorio Das Floß der Medusa which she created on disc because the intended premiere in Hamburg was cancelled after a classical music riot.

Opera News has said in a review of a series of recordings made in the 1980s that Moser could sing with a "finely controlled" legato."[2]

After retiring from opera, Moser remained active as a recitalist during the late 1990s. She gave several concerts in Germany with Ivan Törzs at the piano (Dresden, Semperoper 1997, Stadttheater Gießen [de] 1999) with programs ranging from Johann Adolph Hasse to Clara Schumann and Richard Strauss. She gave her farewell performance in Munich in 1999 at the Cuvilliés Theatre.

Edda Moser is involved in promoting the use of proper German instead of Denglisch. In 2006 she founded the yearly Festspiel der Deutschen Sprache [de] (Festival of German language). Three CDs documenting this festival have appeared thus far at the German publishing house Bastei Lübbe. She was also a professor of singing at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne.[citation needed]

A recording by Moser of "Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen" from The Magic Flute was included on Voyager 1's Golden Record.[3]


Operas and operettas (studio recordings)[edit]

Sacred music[edit]

Concert arias and operatic recitals[edit]

Live recordings

  • Handel – Rinaldo – Alcina (Met, 1984)
  • HenzeNovae de infinito laudes
  • Mozart – Don Giovanni – Donna Anna (Met, 1971)
  • Mozart – Mitridate – Aspasia
  • Verdi – Rigoletto – Gilda
  • Wagner – Die Walküre, first act – Sieglinde


  • Great Moments of ... Edda Moser [EMI box set]
  • Edda Moser singt Mozart, EMI 2006


Various albums on EMI with Lieder by Robert Schumann (Frauenliebe und -leben), Clara Schumann (Drei Lieder nach Friedrich Rückert), Brahms, Wolf (Mignon Lieder), Strauss (Brentano Lieder, Ophelia Lieder), Pfitzner and Schubert.

  • CavalieriRappresentatione di Anima, et di Corpo – Vita Mondana
  • Henze – Cantatas Being Beauteous, Cantata della Fiaba Estrema, Whispers from Heavenly Death
  • Henze – Das Floß der Medusa – La Mort
  • Haydn – Die Jahreszeiten – Hanne
  • Bruno Maderna – Studi per 'Il processo' di Franz Kafka
  • Schumann – Das Paradies und die Peri – Die Peri
  • Schumann – "Des Sängers Fluch", Op. 139
  • Schumann – Spanisches Liederspiel, Spanische Liebeslieder, Tragödie, Liebesfrühling, Minnespiel


  • Beethoven – 9th symphony
  • Mahler – 8th symphony

Spoken word

  • Fairy tales for Christmas by Hans Christian Andersen
  • Poems to the Moon (Mondgedichte)


  • Jürgen Kesting, Die großen Sänger (vol. 2) 1986, pp. 1371–1375 "Tragische Scheuche: Edda Moser"


  1. ^ Edda Moser at www.bach-cantatas.com
  2. ^ Pines, Roger (March 2007). "Historical recordings – Edda Moser: "Sings Mozart"". Opera News. Metropolitan Opera Guild. 71 (9). Retrieved 22 February 2011.
  3. ^ Music on the Golden Record. NASA JPL. Accessed 1 December 2011.
  4. ^ "Virtuose Arien Von W.A. Mozart". Discogs. 26 January 2019.

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