Mimi Coertse sings O zittre nicht, mein lieber Sohn!

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Mimi Coertse (1932) sings O zittre nicht, mein lieber Sohn! from Die Zauberflöte by Mozart, recorded in 1953.

Mimi Coertse made her debut in January 1955 as the “First Flower Girl” in Wagner’s Parsifal at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples with Karl Böhm conducting. She also sang in Basle at the Teatro San Carlo. On 17 March 1956 she made her debut at the Vienna State Opera as the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte by Mozart and remained with the Vienna State Opera until 1978. Her Covent Garden debut was in 1956, in the same role.
Coertse sang the soprano part in Bach’s Matthäus-Passion at Fritz Wunderlich’s first appearance in Vienna in 1958, when he performed the tenor arias with Julius Patzak singing the Evangelist. In 1958, Coertse and Fritz Wunderlich again worked together at the Aix-en-Provence festival in Die Zauberflöte.
In 1965, she sang Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Vienna State Opera which also featured Fritz Wunderlich as Belmonte. In 1966, Mimi was honoured by the President of Austria with the title Österreichischer Kammersänger, for her ten years of work as a permanent member at the Vienna State Opera.

Her repertoire also includes:

The Magic Flute (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) – Queen of the night
Il Seraglio (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) – Constance
Ariadne auf Naxos (Richard Strauss) – Najade, later Zerbinetta
Rigoletto (Giuseppe Verdi) – Gilda
The Tales of Hoffmann (Jacques Offenbach) – Olympia, Antonia, Giulietta, Stella
Palestrina (Hans Pfitzner) – the Angel
Carmen (Georges Bizet) – Frasquita
Martha (Friedrich von Flotow) – Martha
Mignon (Ambroise Thomas) – Philine
La Traviata (Giuseppe Verdi) – Violetta
I Pagliacci (Ruggiero Leoncavallo) – Nedda
Arabella (Richard Strauss) – Fiaker-Milli
Bastien und Bastienne (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) – Bastienne
The Merry Widow (Franz Lehár) – Hanna Glawari
Lucia di Lammermoor (Gaetano Donizetti) – Lucia
Die Fledermaus (Johann Strauss II) – Rosalinde
L’heure Espagnole (Maurice Ravel) – Concepcion, staging Otto Schenk
Don Giovanni (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) – Donna Elvira
La Bohème (Giacomo Puccini) – Musetta
Norma (Vincenzo Bellini) – Norma
Così Fan Tutte (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) – Fiordiligi
Falstaff (Giuseppe Verdi) – Mrs. Alice Ford
Turandot (Giacomo Puccini) – Liu, a young slave
Don Giovanni (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) – Donna Anna
Die Schweigsame Frau (Richard Strauss) – Aminta, Timida 1968 Premiere Vienna State Opera, staging Hans Hotter
Die Agyptische Helena (Richard Strauss) – Aithra
Daphne (Richard Strauss) – Daphne
Don Carlos (Giuseppe Verdi) – Elisabeth von Valois

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