* 1903 † 1991
from 1962 to 1972 Lecturer (appointed Professor) for Singing at University Mozarteum Salzburg
Maria Reining (born 7 August 1903 in Vienna; died 11 March 1991 in Deggendorf) was an Austrian soprano.
Maria Reining worked in a bank before she started taking singing classes at the Vienna Music Academy. Her first engagement as a professional singer was at the Vienna Opera from 1931 to 1933, followed by an engagement at the Theatre of Darmstadt. Two years later, she sang at the Bavarian State Opera, Munich.
In 1937, Reining went back to the Vienna Opera where she became one of the most important solo singers. During her engagement at the Vienna Opera until 1955, she toured through Europe and the USA, ginving her debuts as guest opera singer as well as concert soloist at the most famous stages (Covent Garden, London in 1938, Chicago 1938, NY City Opera 1949). Reining became most famous for her roles of Strauss-Operas, such as Marschallin, Arabella, and Ariadne.
In 1937, Maria Reining was first choice of A.Toscanini for the role of Eva in the production of "Die Meistersinger" by R. Wagner, conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler at the Salzburg Festival.
In 1962, Reining retired from the stage and started teaching singing as a professor at the then Academy Mozarteum Salzburg. She did so until 1972.