Gallmeyer, Josephine

OPERA SINGER (GERMANY)
BORN 27 Feb 1838, Leipzig - DIED 3 Feb 1884, Wien
REAL NAME Tomaselli, Josephine
GRAVE LOCATION Wien: Zentralfriedhof, Simmeringer Hauptstraße 234, Simmering (Gruppe 32 A, nummer 17)

Soprano, known as Pepi Gallmeyer. Her mother was the singer Tomaselli and her father the opera singer Michael Greiner. She was illigetimate, but after her mother married the actor C. Gallmeyer (1816-1867) and he accepter her as their child her last name became Gallmeyer.

Josephine made her debut in Brünn when she was only fifteen years old. Nestroy brought her to Vienna in 1856, but their cooperation was little succesful. She returned to Brünn and only returned to Vienna in 1862 when Friedrich Strampfer engaged her at the Theater an der Wien. This time she quickly became a favourite of the public, singing in opera's, operettes and performing folk songs. She lived at the Praterstrasse.

As director of the Strampfertheatre at the Tuchlauben (1874) she lost most of her fortune and she was was pressed by financial worries until her death, allthough she toured succesfully in the USA in 1882-1883.

She died in 1884 and was buried with her father at the cemetery in Matzleinsdorf, Vienna. In later years her remains were transferred to the Zentralfriedhof.

Sources
Grosse Frauen der Weltgeschichte, Neuer Kaiser Verlag, Klagenfurt, 1987
• Budig, Robert S. et al, Ehrengräber am Wiener Zentralfriedhof, Compress Verlag Wien, Wien
Wikipedia (German)

Images

The grave of Josephine Gallmeyer at the Zentralfriedhof, Vienna.
Picture by Androom (20 sep 2004)

 


Gamelin, Maurice

Published: 1 Jan 2006
Last update: 29 Mar 2008