Emmy Lisken

Emmy Lisken (3 February 1923 in Moers – 11 October 2020 in Berlin) was a German contralto in opera and concert.

Emmy Lisken
Born3 February 1923
Died11 October 2020
OccupationClassical contralto


Born in Moers, Lisken studied voice at the Konservatorium Düsseldorf with Franziska Martienssen-Lohmann. She was engaged from 1955 at the Theater Basel and the Cologne Opera.[1] In Cologne, she participated in 1957 in the premiere of Wolfgang Fortner's Bluthochzeit in the role of Leonardo's Wife. A live recording of the premiere was issued 50 years later.[2]

From 1958 she worked mainly as a concert and oratorio singer, performing in European countries and at international festivals such as Festival du Marais in Paris.[1]

She recorded compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach with conductors such as Wolfgang Gönnenwein, Helmut Kahlhöfer, Hans Thamm, and others.[1]

Lisken was a voice teacher at the Leopold-Mozart Konservatorium in Augsburg from 1976 to 1998.[1] Her daughter Annette Seiltgen was one of her students.


  1. ^ a b c d "Emmy Lisken (Contralto)". Bach-Cantatas. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  2. ^ Pluta, Ekkehard (28 November 2007). "Fortner Wolfgang: Bluthochzeit (Lyrische Tragödie in zwei Akten (sieben Bildern))". Klassik Heute. Retrieved 21 January 2016.