The Life and Times of Elisabeth Schumann:
An online exhibition of photographs from the Puritz family collection



The photographs of Elisabeth Schumann include family portraits, snapshots, role photos and studio pictures - of Schumann herself, but also of her family and friends. There are 200 of them shown here.
Many of her colleagues are included: Richard Strauss and the conductors, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Otto Klemperer, Hans Knappertsbusch, Fritz Reiner, Bruno Walter, and Felix von Weingartner, the singers Fedora Barbieri, Gustaf Bergman, Karl Bissuti, Eugene Conley, Eva Hadrabova, Helene Jung, Alfred Jerger, Charles Kullmann, Lotte Lehmann, Jarmila Novotna, Leo Slezak, Gladys Swarthout, Kerstin Thorborg, and the Vienna Boys' Choir and other prominent figures in the musical world.
The images cover the whole period of her life, from the late 19th to the mid-20th century. They are not only the record of a great career, but also of the times in which she lived.
The collection is arranged in eight sections and is subdivided according to the chapters in 'Elisabeth Schumann, A Biography' by Gerd Puritz, as follows:
I. Early Years 1888-1909
II. Hamburg 1909-1913
III. Hamburg 1913-1919
IV. Vienna 1919-1928
V. Vienna 1929-1933
VI. Vienna 1933-1936
VII. Vienna 1936-1938
VIII. Final Years 1938-1952
Simon Holledge
17 June 03
All photographs courtesy of the Puritz Collection, except where otherwise noted. We would like to thank Nicolai Heske for translating the photo captions into German, and Deborah Hayward Eaton for technical assistance.