Ranczak, Hildegard (b Witkowitz in Mähren (now Vitkoviče), 1895; d Vienna, 1987). Bohemian soprano. Début Düsseldorf 1919 (Pamina in Die Zauberflöte). Sang opera in Cologne 1923–5 and Stuttgart 1926–8, then joined Bavarian State Opera in Munich, where she sang several Strauss roles incl. Salome, and created Clairon in Capriccio 1942. Vienna début 1931; CG 1937. Last role was Carmen in Munich 1950.
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