Friday, February 17, 2017

Opera Singer Gitta Alpar 1991 Westwood Village Cemetery

Gitta Alpár (née Regina Klopfer; February 5, 1903 – February 17, 1991), was a Hungarian-born opera and operetta soprano.


Gitta Alpár was born in Budapest, the daughter of a Jewish cantor. At an early age, she commenced the study of singing and pianoforte at the Academy of Budapest. Her first public appearance as a coloratura soprano under the name of Alpár was in 1923 at the Budapest State Opera House. The debut marked the beginning of a long career, promoted by eminent conductors such as Erich Kleiber, which led her singing at the great opera houses of Vienna, Berlin, and all over the world. An ensemble member of the Berlin State Opera from 1927 to 1930, she excelled in performances of Mozart's The Magic Flute, Rossini's The Barber of Seville, as well as in Verdi's Rigoletto and La traviata.

In 1931, Alpár married actor Gustav Fröhlich, with whom she had a child, Julika

Her first films were made in Germany. The marriage was dissolved in 1935 because Alpár was Jewish and the marriage was illegal in Nazi Germany. Alpár appeared on "Hitler's hit list," along with Charlie Chaplin and others, in the pages of the anti-semitic book, Juden sehen Dich an by Johann von Leers.

Alpár left Germany in 1933, first for Austria (where the film version of Ball im Savoy was made) and Hungary, then England and eventually the United States, where she continued her singing and film career. 

She died in Los Angeles, California, and was buried in the Westwood Village Memorial Park, Los Angeles.[1]

Roles created

1930: Princess Elisabeth in Schön is die Welt, a reworking of Endlich allein by Franz Lehár
1931: Comtesse Dubarry in the revised version of Gräfin Dubarry by Millöcker
1932: Madeleine de Faublas in the operetta Ball im Savoy by Paul Abraham


Lebendige Vergangenheit – Gitta Alpár: includes arias and excerpts by Félicien-César David, Delibes, Eva Dell'Acqua, Ruggero Leoncavallo, Meyerbeer, Mozart, Offenbach, Puccini, Rossini, and Verdi (1996, Preiser Records 1083891)


1932 – Gitta entdeckt ihr Herz
1932 – Die – oder keine
1934 – Ball im Savoy (film version of the operetta by Paul Abraham)
1935 – I Give My Heart (The Loves of Madame Dubarry)
1935 – Disk 413 (Le disque 413)
1936 – Guilty Melody
1936 – Everything in Life
1937 – Mr. Stringfellow Says No
1941 – The Flame of New Orleans

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