Carl Zeller

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Carl Adam Johann Nepomuk Zeller (19 June 1842 – 17 August 1898) was an Austrian composer of operettas.

Zeller was born in Sankt Peter in der Au, the only child of physician Johann Zeller and Maria Anna Elizabeth. Zeller's father died before his first birthday, after which his mother remarried Ernest Friedinger. In 1875, Zeller married Anna Maria Schwetz.

Zeller had a fine soprano voice, and sang in the Vienna Boys' Choir before studying and composition in the University of Vienna. He worked as a civil servant at the Imperial Ministry of Education while composing songs (God Greets You All and Give Yourself Roses in Tyrol), choral works, and a number of operettas, the best-known of which is Der Vogelhändler. All of his librettos were written (or co-written) by Moritz West, often together with Ludwig Held.

Legal troubles, including a perjury conviction, ended Zeller's career at the ministry and led to prison and public disgrace in the mid-1890s (although his prison sentence was later repealed). After an injury in 1895 from falling on the ice, he spent his last years physically and then mentally ill. Zeller died of pneumonia in Baden bei Wien at the age of 56.

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1959 Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Sings Operetta Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Ackermann 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1985 Golden Operetta Compilation Various Artists 1
1985 The Treasures of Operetta Compilation Marilyn Hill Smith, Peter Morrison 1
1986 Placido Domingo, Vienna City of my Dreams Compilation Plácido Domingo, English Chamber Orchestra, The Ambrosian Singers & Julius Rudel 1
1990 Magical Operetta, vol. 1 (Instrumental Highlights) Compilation Various Artists 1
1990 Magical Operetta, vol. 2 (Instrumental Highlights) Compilation Various Artists 1
1992 Im Zauberreich der Operette Compilation Various Artists 1
1999 Wunderbare Welt der Klassik Compilation Various Artists 5 1
1999 Richard Tauber: You are my Heart's Delight Compilation Various Artists 1
2006 Rahvusooper Estonia 100 Compilation Various Artists 1
2008 Faszination Klassik Compilation Various Artists 1
2010 Dein ist mein ganzes Herz - Best Of Operetta (Hermann Prey) Compilation Various Artists 1
2010 Ihre größten Erfolge Compilation Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 1
2012 100 Must-Have Waltz & Dance Classics Compilation Various Artists 1
Great Operatic Arias: Opera in English (Yvonne Kenny, Philharmonia Orchestra feat. conductor: David Parry) Compilation Various Artists 1
Your Hundred Best Tunes - Golden Classics Compilation Various Artists 1
Your Hundred Best Tunes, Part 2 (set of 4 CDs containing 48 pieces) Compilation Various Artists 1

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