Ingeborg Hallstein (born 23 May 1936 in Munich) is a Germanoperaticcoloratura soprano famed for the purity and range of her voice, which extended from the G-sharp below middle C to the B-flat more than three octaves above it.
Her repertoire of operatic roles reveals an artist who has an accurate and smart sense of her own musicianship. Her voice was well focused and she was capable of commanding dramatic phrasing and emotional expression. In opera she sang some of the most demanding roles in the coloraturaFach, e.g. Zerbinetta in Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos, Violetta in Verdi's La traviata, Zaide in Mozart's Zaide and the already mentioned Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute.
APARTfrom her appearances on the opera stage she devoted herself to the Lied, giving countless Lieder recitals in Germany and abroad.
In 1979, she was appointed professor at the Music Conservatory in Würzburg. After initial doubts, teaching became her new passion and she decided to retire from stage and concentrate on the young talents. Hallstein taught in Würzburg until 2006. Today (as of 2009) she gives master classes in Germany and abroad and is a sought-after juror for internationalSINGING COMPETITIONS.
An exclusive contract with the renowned German record labelDeutsche Grammophon resulted in numerous recordings of operas, operettas and songs. These recordings display an artist who had an uncanny sense of sophistication in terms of ornamentation and a fearless bravura approach to the most daring virtuoso pieces.
Besides her very successful stageCAREER, she also achieved great popularity during the 1960s and 1970s when she appeared in many operetta films likeDie Zirkusprinzessin or Wiener Blut, and musical shows broadcast on German television.