Güden, Hilde

BORN 15 Sep 1917, Wien - DIED 17 Sep 1988, Klosterneuburg, Niederösterreich
BIRTH NAME Geiringer, Hulda
GRAVE LOCATION München, Bayern: Waldfriedhof (139-W-8)

Soprano. She studied singing with Otto Iro at the Academy in Vienna and piano with Maria Wetzelsberger at the same institution. She also studied dancing and in 1936 she debuted as Hulda Gerin at the Volksoper in Vienna in Benatzky's "Herzen im Schnee". Her first part as an opera singer was as Cherubino in "Figaro's Hochzeit" at the Opera in Zürich in 1939.

Conductor Clemens Krauss engaged her in Munich in 1941 although she was Jewish, but in 1942 she was forced to move to Italy. There she studied with Tullio Serafin. After the war she returned to Munich and in 1947 she was engaged at the State Opera in Vienna, where she had a successful career until 1973. Between 1951 and 1965 she also worked for the Metropoliton Opera in New York. She also performed in Milan, Paris, London, Venice and other cities. She was best known for her interpretations of Mozart and Richard Strauss but also beloved as an operetta singer.

During the last part of het life she suffered from health problems and lived in retirement in Klosterneuburg near Vienna, where she died in 1988.


The grave of Hilde Güden at the Waldfriedhof in Munich.
Picture by Androom (23 Aug 2010)


• Scheibmayr, Erich, Wer? Wann? Wo?, Persönlichkeiten in Münchner Friedhöfen, Verlag Erich Scheibmayr, München, 1989

Guérin, Jules

Published: 01 Feb 2015
Last update: 03 Mar 2022