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Hermine Kittel

Hermine Kittel (December 2, 1879 – April 7, 1948) was an Austrian contralto from Vienna. She studied singing with Amalie Materna in Vienna. She made her operatic debut in 1897 in Ljubljana. Kittle first sang under Gustav Mahler at the Vienna Hofoper (Vienna State Opera) and later premiered in a revision of Ariadne auf Naxos. She sang at the Bayreuth Festival in 1902 and 1908, where she sang Erda in Der Ring des Nibelungen. She also sang at the Salzburg Festival, where she often played Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro.

She was married to opera singer Alexander Haydter, her brother Karl Kittel was a conductor.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 2nd, 1879 (Vienna), Died March 4th, 1948 (Vienna)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1908 - 1909

Roles Represented in DAHR: contralto


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone 0986v 12-in. June 1909 O Carmen, nur ein Wort Hermine Kittel ; Leo Slezak Vocal duet (contralto and baritone), with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Gramophone 13930u 10-in. Oct. 1908 Du bist die Stütze deines Vaters Leopold Demuth ; Hermine Kittel Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  


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