Sutter, Anna

OPERA SINGER (SWITZERLAND)
BORN 26 Nov 1871, Wil, St. Gallen - DIED 29 Jun 1910, Stuttgart: Schubartstrasse 8
REAL NAME Suter, Anna
GRAVE LOCATION Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg: Pragfriedhof (grave cleared, monument still there)

Anna Sutter studied in Berlin and Munich and she started her singing career as a soprano at the Volkstheater in Munich. In 1893 she signed a long term contract at the Hoftheater in Stuttgart.

In Stuttgart she was popular because of her voice and her good spirits. The highlight of her career was the part of Carmen. She had many love affairs, resulting in two children by different men. One of her lovers was Aloys Obrist, the brother of the artist Hermann Obrist an Master of ther Choir in Baden-Württemberg. After their short affair had ended Obrist came to her house and forced himself into her bedroom. They quarreled and then he shot her to death and subsequently killed himself. Over 10.000 people attended her funeral.

Alain Claude Sulzer wrote a short novel about her, "Anna's Maske" ("Anna's Mask"). Her daughter Mathilde (b.1900) became an opera singer as well. Until the end of the 1960s an unknown admirer brought fresh flowers to her grave every day. The person in question was probably her last lover, the opera singer Albin Swoboda, who was in her house when she was killed by Obrist. Swoboda died in 1970.

According to the office of the Pragfriedhof her grave has been removed. The monument is still there.

Sources
Alain-Claude Sulzer

Images

The grave of Anna Sutter is cleared, but her monument is still at the Pragfriedhof, Stuttgart.
Picture by Androom (31 Jan 2007)

 


Suttner, Bertha von

Published: 29 Feb 2008
Last update: 20 Dec 2009