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Edith Selig (Soprano)

Born: Germany (?)

Édith Selig-Papée is a German-born French classical soprano in concert, opera and Lied, known for singing music of J.S. Bach and French composers. She is also a music pedagogue.

In 1958 Édith Selig recorded Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2 with the mezzo-soprano Eugenia Zareska, the Choeurs et Orchestre national de la Radiodiffusion française conducted by Carl Schuricht. She recorded Bach Cantatas with Fritz Werner, Heinrich-Schütz-Chor Heilbronn and Pforzheim Chamber Orchestra, including Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, BWV 21, an early ambitious work, performed in Weimar in 1714 on the 3rd Sunday after Trinity. She also recorded with the same ensemble J.S. Bach's Actus tragicus (BWV 106) and Easter Oratorio (BWV 249). In the 1960s she recorded J.S. Bach's Magnificat (BWV 243) and Missa in F Major, BWV 233, with Karl Ristenpart and Saar Radio Chamber Orchestra, alto Claudia Hellmann, tenor Georg Jelden, bass Jakob Stämpfli and Maurice André (trumpet).

Edith Selig has specialized in singing works of French composers. In 1960 she recorded in Paris Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, conducted by Charles Bruck, with Rita Gorr and Nadine Sautereau. In 1963 she recorded Rameau's Acte de ballet Pigmalion, conducted by Marcel Couraud. She recorded the Te Deum of Esprit Joseph Antoine Blanchard, conducted by Louis Frémaux. In 1996 she recorded the Te Deum of Marc-Antoine Charpentier with the Paul Kuentz Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Paul Kuentz.

Edith Selig has been teaching at the École Normale de Musique de Paris. Among her pupils there were sopranos Qiu Shuwei, Lillian Sit, Satoko Yaba and Chenxing Yuan and pianist Kanae Endo. Selig also taught at the Conservatoire Régional de Rouen (Normandie, France). Among her pupils there were Rocamora Dominique (between 1984 and 1988) and bass-baritone Josselin Michalon. Along with voice teachers such as Régine Crespin and Jakob Stämpfli, Edith Selig-Papée was a founding member of the European Voice Teachers Association (EVTA) in 1988. She has lectured internationally, such as on La Mélodie Francaise in Detmold and Philadelphia. She has served on the jury of international competitions such as the 23" Concours international de chant de Paris in 2001.


Source: Wikipedia Website (December 2012); Rocamora Dominique (May 2013); Bits & pieces from barious websites
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (May 2013); Rocamora Dominique (May 2013)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Karl Ristenpart


BWV 233, BWV 243

Fritz Werner


BWV 19, BWV 21, BWV 79, BWV 106, BWV 249

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Edith Selig (Wikipedia)


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