born 12 June 1932, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
Mimi Coertse is a South African soprano.
Her first vocal coach in Johannesburg was Aimee Parkerson. Her debut performance in South Africa was singing Handel’s Messiah at the Johannesburg City Hall in 1951. In July 1953 she married broadcaster and composer Dawid Engela, she left South Africa for London, and then went via The Hague to Vienna. In January 1954 she started training with Maria Hittorff and Josef Witt.
Coertse made her debut as the First Flower girl in Wagner’s Parsifal and later she sang Basle at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples (1955).
Donizetti – Lucia Di Lammermoor (rec. 1970)
On 17 March 1956 she made her debut at the Vienna State Opera as the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte by Mozart and remained there until 1978. Mimi Coertse sang the role of The Queen of the Night more than 500 times in the late 1950’s early 1960’s at the Vienna State Opera and all over Europe. Her Covent Garden debut was in 1956, in the same role.
Mozart – Die Zauberflöte The Queen of the Night
In 1965, she sang Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Vienna State Opera which also featured Fritz Wunderlich as Belmonte. In 1966, Mimi was honoured by the President of Austria with the title Österreichischer Kammersänger, for her ten years of work as a permanent member at the Vienna State Opera.
Verdi – Rigoletto Caro Nome (rec. 1971)
Richard Strauss – Ariadne auf Naxos Zerbinetta