Karl Eduard Maria Elmendorff (October 25, 1891 – October 21, 1962) was a German opera conductor.

Born in Düsseldorf, Elmendorff studied music at the Cologne College of Music and Hochschule für Musik Köln from 1913 to 1916 under Fritz Steinbach and Hermann Abendroth. Early in his career, he conducted for a number of cities including:

Elmendorff also was a regular guest conductor in various European cities, including at La Scala. In 1937 he joined the Nazi Party.[1]



  1. ^ Fred K. Prieberg: Handbuch Deutsche Musiker 1933–1945, CD-Rom-Lexikon, Kiel 2004, p. 1392–1393.
  • "Bayreuth's Blight". Time. 19 June 1933. Retrieved 2007-09-21.