Bet You Didn’t Know These Things About Elena Souliotis and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

(Credit: Allan Warren) Elena Souliotis and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau shared a birthday and a few other things.

Elena Souliotis and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau were both born on May 28. The former came into the world in 1943 while the latter came 18 years earlier in 1925.

Both singers had tremendous careers, the German baritone among the greatest lieder interpreters of all time. Meanwhile, the soprano was one of the leading interpreters of the Italian repertoire. Ultimately they are remembered for very different reasons, but they share a few other things, besides a birthday.

One Recording

Dieskau sang his share of Italian operas, many of which Souliotis also performed regularly. But their paths only converged for one noted recording – Verdi’s “Macbeth.” The recording is quite famous because it also features Luciano Pavarotti in the opera, as well as Nicolai Ghiaurov and Lamberto Gardelli.

And while the recording is quite controversial, mainly because of these two artists’ interpretations, it remains one of the more recognized there is.

The Met?

There is also something that is quite unique about both artists – they never sang at the Metropolitan Opera. At a time when all the famous singers in the world came to the stage in New York, these two venerated artists never got their chance to shine.

Souliotis was actually slated to perform there in 1969-70 but then wound up missing out due to strikes that canceled the first few months of the opera season. Fischer-Dieskau’s case is quite strange. He was known to have corresponded with the company about appearing in “Tannhäuser” or Wotan in “Das Rheingold,” it never worked out. He never even appeared in the United States.

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Prior to creating OperaWire, DAVID SALAZAR, (Editor-in-Chief) worked as a reporter for Latin Post where he interviewed major opera stars including Placido Domingo, Anna Netrebko, Vittorio Grigolo, Diana Damrau and Rolando Villazon among others. His 2014 interview with opera star Kristine Opolais was cited in a New York Times Review. He also had the opportunity of interviewing numerous Oscar nominees, Golden Globe winners and film industry giants such as Guillermo del Toro, Oscar Isaac and John Leguizamo among others. David holds a Masters in Media Management from Fordham University. During his time at Fordham, he studied abroad at the Jagiellonian University in Poland. He also holds a dual bachelor’s from Hofstra University in Film Production and Journalism.

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