(19 June 1926 – 24 May 2010)
Anneliese Rothenberger was a very popular German operatic lyric soprano.
She was well recorded and performed in European houses in a long career. Her recordings include a number of operetta performances which were ideally suited to her voice.
Her performances included Mozart's "Die Entführung Aus Dem Serail" (1965 with Fritz Wunderlich in the now legendary Salzburg Festival production), Fiordiligi in "Così Fan Tutte," Zdenka in Richard Strauss's "Arabella," Marie in Berg's "Wozzeck," Soeur Constance in Poulenc's "Dialogues of the Carmelites," and Violetta in "La Traviata".
She also appeared in many contemporary operas by Henze, Britten, Hindemith, Carl Orff, Pfitzner, and Menotti. She was also a respected singer of Lieder and in the 1970s, she became a very popular TV entertainer.