|OPERA SINGER, VOCAL TEACHER (AUSTRIA)|
BORN 12 Sep 1842, Wien - DIED 9 Jul 1921, Wien|
REAL NAME Bischof, Marie
GRAVE LOCATION Wien: Hadersdorf-Weidlingau Friedhof, 14., Friedhofstraße 12 (Gruppe 01, Reihe N, Nummer 9 (Ehrengrab))
Marianne Brandt was born as Marie Bischof. She was educated at the Conservatory in Vienna and held an engagement in Graz, debuting in 1867 as Rachel in "La Juive". Next she moved to Berlin, where she held an engaged at the Royal Opera in Berlin from 1868 until 1888. She could sing parts for a contralto voice, but also for a soprano or a mezzo-soprano.
In 1869/1870 she studied with Pauline Viardot-Garcia in Baden-Baden. She made guest appearances in London and Vienna and many other European cities. In 1876 and 1882 she sang in the first and the second Wagner festival in Bayreuth. In 1882 Wagner had asked her for the part of Kundry in Wagner's final opera "Parsifal", together with Materna and Thérèse Malten. She was close to becoming the first Kundry, but Materna sang during the first performance and Brandt during the second.
In 1886 she went to New York and she was very succesful for several seasons at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. She returned to Vienna in 1890 where she worked as a vocal teacher and sometimes gave concerts.
was pupil to Viardot-Garcia, Pauline