The German contralto Else Schüroff (1898-1961) was born in Wuppertal. She studied at the Academy of Church and School Music in Berlin until 1928 when she made her début. Joining the Hanover Opera in 1929, she moved to Munich in 1937, then the Vienna State Opera from 1941 until 1953, when she moved to Hamburg until her retirement. Her career was mainly based in Germanspeaking countries. Her recordings include Die Meistersinger with Knappertsbusch, Salome withClemens Krauss, and Die Zauberflöte with Karajan.