Seinemeyer, Meta

OPERA SINGER (GERMANY)
BORN 5 Sep 1895, Berlin - DIED 19 Aug 1929, Dresden
GRAVE LOCATION Stahnsdorf, Berlin: Südwestfriedhof, Bahnhofstrasse (Block Heilig Geist, Gartenblock II, Gartenstelle 101/102 )

Daughter of a chief of police in Berlin. She took singing lessons with Nikolaus Rothmühl and Ernst Grenzebach at the Stern Conservatory. In 1918 she joined the Berlin-Charlottenburg Opera (the forerunner of the Deutsche Oper).

In 1923-1924, together with other German artists she toured in America. Back in Germany she found employment in Dresden after she played Marguerite there in Gounod's "Faust" and was instantly offered a contract. In 1925 in Dresden she sang the part of the Duchess of Parma in the premiere of "Doktor Faust" by Busoni. That summer she was offered the part of Eva in "Die Meistersinger" in Bayreuth but for unclear reasons she didn't go. In Dresden she often worked together with Tino Pattiera and they recorded several duets.

In 1926 she performed in Buenos Aires and in 1927 in Geneva and in Vienna. By 1929 her health was declining, but nonetheless she performed at Covent Garden in London. After her return she was diagnosed with leukemia. On her deathbed she married pianist and conductor Frieder Weissmann (23 Feb 1893 - 4 Jan 1984).

Sources
• Gottschalk, Wolfgang, Südwestfriedhof Stahnsdorf, Verlag Dirk Nishen, Berlin, 1991
Brief Biography

Images

The grave of Meta Seinemeyer at the Südwestfriedhof, Stahnsdorf, Berlin.
Picture by Androom (13 Nov 2004)

 


Sellers, Peter

Published: 1 Jan 2006
Last update: 29 Jul 2012