Seefried, Irmgard

BORN 9 Oct 1919, Köngetried, Bayern (near Mindelheim) - DIED 24 Nov 1988, Wien
BIRTH NAME Irmgard, Maria Theresia
GRAVE LOCATION Wien: Neustift am Walde Friedhof, Pötzleinsdorfer Höhe 2 (Gruppe 22, Reihe 5, Nummer 5 (Ehrengrab))

Irmgard Seefried studied in Augsburg at the Leopold-Mozart-Konservatorium. In 1940 Herbert von Karajan invited her to Aachen where she debuted in Verid's "Aida" as the priestess. She sang Agathe in Weber's "Der Freischütz" in 1942. In 1943 she went to the State Opera in Vienna where she debuted with the part of "Eva" in Wagner's "Meistersinger". On request of Richard Strauss she sang the part of the Composer in "Ariadne auf Naxos" on the occasion of his 80th birthday. In 1944 she the nazis included her on the Gottbegnadeten-Liste of irreplacable artists.

After the war she continued her career at the State Opera but she made guest appearances on important stages all over the world. She also appeared at most of the well known music festivals. At the Salzburg Festival she sang almost every year btween 1946 and 1964. From 1947 to 1949 she appeared at Covent Garden. her first performance at the Metropolitan Opera in New York was in 1953.

In 1948 she married the violinist Wolfgang Schneiderhan and they often appeared together in concerts. Their daughter Barbara married the actor Ernst Jacobi and their daughter Mona Seefried became an actress. Irmgard Seefried often sang with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. In 1953 the Internationalen Stiftung Mozarteum awarded Irmgard Seefried the Lilli-Lehmann Medal.

• Husband: Schneiderhan, Wolfgang (1948-1988)

Related persons
• performed with Schneiderhan, Wolfgang


The grave of Irmgard Seefried and Wolfgang Schneiderhan at the Neustift am Walde Friedhof, Vienna.
Picture by Androom (17 Aug 2007)


Irmgard Seefried – Wikipedia
Irmgard Seefried - Wikipedia

Seghers, Anna

Published: 03 Dec 2023
Last update: 03 Dec 2023