Carmen Sylva

Elisabeth of Wied (Pauline Elisabeth Ottilie Luise; 29 December 1843 – 2 March 1916) was the first queen of Romania as the wife of King Carol I from 15 March 1881 to 27 September 1914. She had been the princess consort of Romania since her marriage to then-Prince Carol on 15 November 1869.

Elisabeth was born into a German noble family. She was briefly considered as a potential bride for the future British king Edward VII, but Edward rejected her. Elisabeth married Prince Carol of Romania in 1869. Their only child, Princess Maria, died aged four in 1874, and Elisabeth never fully recovered from the loss of her daughter. When Romania became a kingdom in 1881, Elisabeth became queen, and she was crowned together with Carol that same year.

Elisabeth was a prolific writer under the name Carmen Sylva.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 29, 1843 (Neuwied), Died March 2, 1916 (Bucharest)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1915 - 1918

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-22487 10-in. 12/27/1918 Nakoncercie Józef Kallini Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 46166 10-in. 10/29/1915 Bonn (Wen nur der Rhein nicht wär...) Robert Leonhardt Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  


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"Sylva, Carmen." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 1 March 2024.

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