Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)
Johann Strauss II was an Austrian composer of light classical dance music and operettas. He was the son of Johann Strauss Sr. who was also known for his dance music and operettas. Johann Strauss II was known as the “Waltz King” during his lifetime and was responsible for popularizing the waltz in Vienna, Austria in the 19th Century. Some of his most famous compositions include: the “Blue Danube Waltz”, Tales from the Vienna Woods”, and the operettas “die Fledermaus” and “der Zigeunerbaron”.
Lucia Popp – soprano (1939-1993)
Lucia Popp was a Slovak operatic soprano. During her career she performed at the Vienna State Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, and La Scala. She was also a highly regarded recitalist and lieder singer. She died of brain cancer in 1993. Lucia was 54 years old.
Here is a filmed performance of Lucia Popp in 1965 singing Johann Strauss II’s Voices of Spring Op. 410. She was 25 at the time of this performance.