Dame Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, (9 December 1915 – 3 August 2006) was a German-born Austrian/British opera singer and recitalist. She was among the most renowned opera singers of the 20th century, much admired for her performances of Mozart, Schubert, Strauss, and Wolf.
During her career, Schwarzkopf was much admired for her artistry and for her timeless beauty.
She leaves a discography that is considerable both in quality and in quantity and will be mostly remembered for her Mozart and Richard Strauss operatic portrayals, her two commercial recordings of Strauss’s Four Last Songs, and her countless recordings of lieder, especially those of Wolf.
The Elisabeth Schwarzkopf/Walter Legge Society, chaired by Dr Daphne Kerslake, continues to keep her name alive.