Onegin, Sigrid

BORN 1 Jun 1889, Stockholm - DIED 16 Jun 1943, Magliaso, Tessin
REAL NAME Hoffmann, Elisabeth Elfriede Emilie Sigrid
GRAVE LOCATION Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg: Waldfriedhof (Abteilung 07 c)

Daughter of a German father and a French mother. She grew up in Wiesbaden. She studied under Luise Ress in Frankfurt am Main, under Eugen Robert Weiss in Munich and under Silvio de Ranieri in Milan. Lilli Lehmann and Margarethe Siems were further teachers and she also learnt from her husband, the Russian pianist and composer Eugen B. Onegin (1883-1919). They married in May 1913.

In 1911 she debuted under the name of Lilly Hoffman as a concert singer. In 1912 she appeared at the Court Opera in Stuttgart as Carmen. She worked there until 1919 and sang with Enrico Caruso and many others. In 1912 she was Dryade in the premiere of "Ariadne auf Naxos" by Richard Strauss. During the first World War she hid her husband in her house until it was guaranteed that he wouldn't be arrested. In 1917 she sang in the premiere of "An allem ist Hütchen schuld" by Siegfried Wagner.

In 1919 her husband died of tuberculosis and in 1920 she married the physician and author Fritz Penzoldt (1887-1959). From 1919 to 1922 she was a member of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich and from 1922 to 1924 she worked for the MET in New York. From 1926 to 1931 she was engaged at the State Opera in Berlin and she made guest appearances in Zurich between 1931 and 1935. In 1933 and 1934 appeared at the Festspiele in Bayreuth.

Her last concert was in 1938 in the USA. In 1939 Penzoldt published "Alt-Rhapsodie, Sigrid Onegins Leben und Werk". She died in 1943 in Magliaso, Tessin.

Related persons
• was pupil to Lehmann, Lilli

25/10/1912Premiere at Stuttgart of "Ariadne auf Naxos" by Richard Strauss. The libretto was by Hugo von Hofmannsthal. Ariadne was performed by Maria Jeritza. Sigrid Onegin was Dryade. [Hofmannsthal, Hugo von][Strauss, Richard Georg]


Sigird Onegin.
Picture by Photo Becker & Maass


The grave of Sigrid Onegin at the Waldfriedhof, Stuttgart.
Picture by Androom (06 Mar 2015)


The grave of Sigrid Onegin at the Waldfriedhof, Stuttgart.
Picture by Androom (06 Mar 2015)


• Aubert, Joachim, Handbuch der Grabstätten berühmten Deutscher, Österreicher und Schweizer, Deutscher Kunstverlag, München, 1973
Sigrid Onégin – Wikipedia

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Published: 18 Apr 2018
Last update: 23 Sep 2018