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Ursula Zollenkopf (Contralto)

Born: Germany

The German contralto, Ursula Zollenkopf, was a member of the choir of the German broadcaster Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk (NWDR Chor, later the NDR-Chor) based in Hamburg. In the 1950's, she appeared in solo operatic parts with the choir and NWDR orchestra conducted by Wilhelm Schüchter. These included Lady Pamela in Auber's Fra Diavolo in 1954, alongside Wilma Lipp, Rudolf Schock and James Pease; and in 1955 as Benjamin in Méhul's Joseph, with Libero de Luca in the title role. She performed as the alto soloist in a series of J.S. Bach's cantatas, with members of the NDR Chor and the NDR Sinfonieorchester (Hamburger Rundfunkorchester) conducted by Max Thurn, for example the Easter cantata Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen, BWV 66 in 1957.

Zollenkopf sang as a soloist and in the choir at the première of Arnold Schoenberg's unfinished opera Moses und Aron at the Musikhalle Hamburg on March 12, 1954. Hans Rosbaud conducted the choirs and orchestra of the NWDR, with Hans Herbert Fiedler in the speaking role of Moses and Helmut Krebs as Aron. She appeared as a soloist and in choir in Igor Stravinsky's Threni at the hall of the Scuola Grande di San Rocco in Venice on September 23, 1958, where the composer conducted the NDR-Chor and the NDR Sinfonieorchester, with soloists Jeanne Deroubaix, Hugues Cuénod, Richard Robinson, Charles Scharbach and Robert Oliver.

She appeared as a soloist in various choral concerts, such as J.S. Bach's Mass in B minor (BWV 232) and Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) (1961), his St Matthew Passion (BWV 244) (1967) and St John Passion (BWV 245) in Bonn with the choir and chamber orchestra of the Bonner Bach Gemeinschaft (Bonn Bach Association), conducted by Gustav Classens (de). With the Itzehoer Konzertchor, she sang in George Frideric Handel's Messiah, conducted by Otto Spreckelsen at St. Laurentii, Itzehoe, in 1963, among others.

She participated in the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt in 1964, performing in Golem, subtitled Polemic for nine singers (1962) by Hans G. Helms, conducted by Fred Barth. In 1979 she recorded the alto part of L.v. Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with Ingeborg Wenglor, Hans-Joachim Rotzsch, and Theo Adam, choir and orchestra of the MDR, conducted by Franz Konwitschny.


Source: Wikipedia Website (April 2017)
Contributed by
Gerda Arendt (April 2017)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Max Thurn


Radio: BWV 2, BWV 6, BWV 8, BWV 11, BWV 35, BWV 16, BWV 24, BWV 29, BWV 34, BWV 37, BWV 38, BWV 41, BWV 42, BWV 45, BWV 46, BWV 60, BWV 62, BWV 66, BWV 78, BWV 89, BWV 93, BWV 96, BWV 110, BWV 113, BWV 138, BWV 142, BWV 159, BWV 161, BWV 181, BWV 185, BWV 190

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