Obituary: Contralto Gisela Litz Dies at 100

By Francisco Salazar

Contraalto Gisela Litz has died at the age of 100.

Born in Hamburg on December 14, 1922, she went on to train in Hamburg and began her stage career at the Staatstheater Wiesbaden. She made her debut in Hamburg in 1952  and appeared with the company for the premiere of “Die Heirat” by B. Martinù.

Litz went on to perform in Bayreuth where she was a frequent guest, in Edinburgh, Munich, Rome, Lisbon, Brussels, and Buenos Aires.

Litz recorded one of the Rhinemaidens in “Der Ring des Nibelungen,” conducted by Clemens Krauss in 1953, and sang the role of Widow Bigbeck in the recording of the Brecht/Weill opera “Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny” by the Norddeutscher Rundfunk Orchestra and Chorus.

In 1969 Litz was appointed Professor at the Hamburg Musikhochschule.