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Edda Moser

Kammersängerin Edda Moser was born in Berlin and made her debut at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in 1962. She sang at the opera houses in HagenBielefeldHamburg and Frankfurt, before joining the Vienna State Opera in 1971. She also sang at the Salzburg Festival under Herbert von Karajan.

She made her American debut in November 1968, when Karajan invited her to the Metropolitan Opera to join his stellar cast of “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 spinto soprano roles. She played Donna Anna in Joseph Losey‘s movie “Don Giovanni”. Her legendary recording of “Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen” represents the human voice on the Voyager Golden Record and was sent to space.

After retiring from opera, Moser remained active as a recitalist during the late 1990s. She gave her farewell performance in Munich in 1999.

In 2006 she founded the yearly “Festspiel der Deutschen Sprache” (Festival of German language). She was also a professor of singing at the “Hochschule für Musik” in Cologne.