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Erna Berger

Foto: Alexander Binder (1888-1929)

1900 - 1990

The singer and actress Erna Berger became a greatly soprano singer in the 30s. To her most successful classic parts belong "La Traviata", "Die Zauberflöte", "Rigoletto", "La Bohème" and "Die Entführung aus dem Serail".

She began her career with singing lessons in Dresden by melitta Hirzel. Her breakthrough followed in 1926 with an engagement at the Staatsoper in Dresden where she had her first success in "Hanneles Himmelfahrt".

In the next years followed engagements at many important State Operas like Vienna and Berlin and finally she toured around the work, e.g. Japan, Australia, Africa and America. 

Already in 1925 she appeared in a movie for the first time called "Der Wein und seine Lieder" (25), it followed a second silent movie with "Rund um den Prater" (26).

In the 30s and 40s she normally impersonated singers in movies or lent out her voice to other actresses when they had to sing in front of the camera. 
To her movies of those years belong "Schlussakkord" (36), "Ave Maria" (36), "Maria Ilona" (39), "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" (40), "Falstaff in Wien" (40), "Die schwedische Nachtigall" (41) and "Wen die Götter lieben" (42).
After the war she took part in the TV movie "Der Rosenkavalier" (49) and the productions "Figaros Hochzeit" (49) and "Don Giovanni" (50).
But her main focus remained on the stage after the war as well where she was active till 1954.
After her retirement she appeared at recitals time and again.