Jagemann, Caroline

MISTRESS, SINGER (HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE)
BORN 5 Jan 1778, Weimar - DIED 10 Jul 1848, Dresden
GRAVE LOCATION Dresden: Trinitatisfriedhof, Fiedlerstraße 1, Johannstadt-Nord (1 D)

Caroline Jagemann was the daughter of the librarian of duchess Amalia of Weimar, Christian Joseph Jagemann (1735-1804). In 1797 she debuted at the Court Opera in Weimar. She was admired because of her beauty and her voice. In 1800 she was Elisabeth in "Maria Stuart" by Schiller and in 1803 she appeared as Beatrice in "Braut von Messina", also by Schiller.

Since 1800 she was the mistress of duke Karl August. She gave him three children and he gave her the title of Freifrau von Heygendorff. Her son Karl officially received the Heygendorff title in 1809.

In 1809 she was appointed director of the Opera in Weimar and she was an opponent of Goethe. She fought him and after he fell from grace at the court in 1817 she became the director of the Court Theatre. In 1824 she was formally appointed Oberdirektorin. After duke Karl's death in 1828 she retired from the stage and during the last years of her life she lived with her son in Dresden. Her brother Ferdinand Karl Christian Jagemann was a painter.

Related persons
• was opponent of Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
• is brother/sister of Jagemann, Ferdinand Karl Christian

Sources
• Elgklou, Lars, Koninklijke minnaars en minnaressen, Echtscheidingen, bastaardkinderen, bigamie, verhoudingen, Standaard, Antwerpen, 1985
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
Folder over het Trinitatisfriedhof te Dresden
Wikipedia (German)

Images

The grave of Caroline Jagemann at the Trinitatisfriedhof, Dresden.
Picture by Androom (28 Aug 2005)

 


Jagemann, Ferdinand Karl Christian

Published: 3 Aug 2008
Last update: 27 Jul 2012