Milder-Hauptmann, Anna

SOPRANO (GERMANY)
BORN 13 Dec 1785, Constantinople - DIED 29 May 1838, Berlin
REAL NAME Milder, Pauline Anna
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: St. Hedwig-Friedhof, Liesenstrasse 8 (Feld 5)

Anna Milder grew up in Constantinople and Bucharest before she moved to Vienna. There she studied with Antonio Salieri and Guiseppe Tomaselli. In 1803 she debuted performed at Emanuel Schikaneder's Theater an der Wien with the part of Juno in "Der Spiegel von Arkadien" by F.X. Süssmayr. In 1805 she sang the part of Leonore at the fiorst performance of Beethoven's "Fidelio".

In 1807 she accepted an engagement at the Theatre at the Kärtnertor. After Beethoven insulted her she refused to sing in Fidelio in 1808. In 1809 Napoleon heard her in Vienna and invited her to move to Paris. But she preferred to stay in Vienna. In 1810 she married the Viennese jeweler Peter Hauptmann. One of her greates triumphs was in "Iphigénie en Tauride" by Gluck. By 1814 her problems with Beethoven were resolved and she sang again in Fidelio.

Between 1816 and 1829 she performed at the Hofoper in Berlin. After a quarrel with Spontini she left and she performed in other cities in Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Russia. From 1821 onwards she was a member of the Singakademie in Berlin and there Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy conducted her on 11 Mar 1829 at the first performance of the Matthäuspassion after the death of J.S. Bach in 1750.

She left the stage in 1836. In 1838 she died in Berlin and was buried at the St. Hedwig-Friedhof, where her small tombstone can still be found.

Related persons
• performed work of Beethoven, Ludwig van
• was admired by Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
• was admired by Napoleon I Bonaparte
• was pupil to Salieri, Antonio

Sources
Anna Milder-Hauptmann – Wikipedia
A Pallas nagy lexikona

Images

The grave of Anna Milder-Hauptmann at the St. Hedwig-Friedhof in Berlin.
Picture by Androom (16 Aug 2010)

 


Millais, John Everett

Published: 19 Sep 2010
Last update: 19 Sep 2010