Köth-Dorn, Erika

BORN 15 Sep 1925, Darmstadt, Hessen - DIED 20 Feb 1989, Speyer, Rheinland-Pfalz
BIRTH NAME Köth, Erika
GRAVE LOCATION Darmstadt, Hessen: Alter Friedhof, Ramstädter Strasse (I-A-121)

Erika Köth was a coloratura soprano best known for her Mozart interpretations. She studied singing in Darmstadt under Essa Blank. In 1947 she won a radio competition and in 1948 she debuted in Kaiserlautern as Philine in "Mignon". In 1950 she met her future husband, the actor and director Ernst Dorn. From 1950 to 1953 she was engaged at the theatre in Karlsruhe and in 1953 she joined the Staatsoper in Munich where she worked until 1978. During that time she also performed in Hamburg, Vienna, Berlin, London, Rome and Salzburg.

In 1958 she appeared next to Wolf Albach-Retty in the movie "Mein ganzes Herz ist voll Musik". In 1962 and 1963 in Bayreuth she sang the part of Wood Bird in Wagner's "Siegfried". Her last performance was as Mimi in Munich in 1978. After her active career she was a teacher at the Music Academy's in Cologne and Mannheim. She can be heard on many recordings. She died in 1989 in Speyer and she was buried in her native Darmstadt.

Related persons
• cooperated with Albach-Retty, Wolf


Erika Köth.
Picture by Werner Neumeister, München


The grave of Erika Köth at the Alter Friedhof, Darmstadt.
Picture by Androom (29 Apr 2013)


• Schneider, Carlo, Die Friedhöfe in Darmstadt, Eduard Roether, Darmstadt, 1991
Erika Koth (Soprano) - Short Biography
Erika Köth – Wikipedia

Kotzebue, Alexander von

Published: 10 May 2013
Last update: 26 May 2024