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Totis Stefanidis

Soloist, Mezzo-soprano
She was born in 1903 in Müllrose, Germany, near today’s German-Polish border. She studied at the music school of Dussek (class of H. Feinhaus). She made her debut as an alto soubrette in the Reussische Theater Gera in 1928, with which she collaborated until 1931, when she was hired as a dramatic alto by the Opernhaus Dortmund and interpreted the role of Amneris in Aida. She has collaborated with the Essen Opera House (1932/34), the Landestheater Braunschweig (1934/37) and the Königsberg Theater, until the closure of the German theaters in 1944. During the years 1945-1961 (at least) she was a member of the Berlin State Opera. Her most important roles include: Orpheus (Orfeo ed Euridice), Ortrud (Lohengrin), Fricka (Der Ring des Nibelungen), Frau Reich (Die lustigen Weibern von Windsor), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Mary (Der Fliegende Holländer), Magdalena (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Clytemnestra (Elektra), Emilia (Otello), Lucia (Cavalleria rusticana) and Filippyevna (Eugene Onegin). Recordings of hers from radio broadcasts are preserved and included in two albums. // Last update of the biography: November 2018 - The list of the productions below is continually updated.