Lortzing, Gustav Albert

OPERA COMPOSER, SINGER, ACTOR, CONDUCTOR (PRUSSIA)
BORN 23 Oct 1801, Berlin - DIED 21 Jan 1851, Berlin
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Evangelischer Friedhof der Sophiengemeinde II, Bergstrasse 29 (IX-6-46+47)

Son of Johann Gottlieb Lortzing (1775-1841). His parents founded the theatre company Urania in Berlin. In 1811 the family moved to Breslau and other cities followed. From 1812 onwards he was on the stage and after education by Carl Friedrich Rungenhagen he appeared as a tenor.

In 1824 he married the actress Rosina Regina Ahles. During the same year he wrote his first opera "Ali-Pascha Von Janina". In 1826 was engaged at the Hoftheater in Detmold. There he quarreled with the poet C.D. Grabbe, but they settled their differences.

In 1833 he and wis wife went to Leipzig where they worked at the Stadttheater. In 1844 he became musical director at the Stadttheater, but he was fired soon afterwards, officialy for health reasons. The public protests didn't help.

From 1845 to 1847 he was musical director at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna. In 1848 he returned to Leipzig where he worked on his political opera "Regina". Once more he lost his and he was forced to resume acting to keep his family. He and his wife had six surviving children. He held engagements in Gera and Lüneberg before he became the director of the new Friedrich-Wilhelmstädtischen Theater in Berlin. In January, 1851 he died in Berlin.

He had stated that he wanted to be buried next to his mother at the Katholische Friedhof Matzleinsdorf in Vienna, but he was in debt at the time of his death and he was buried in Berlin.

Sources
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
• Aubert, Joachim, Handbuch der Grabstätten berühmten Deutscher, Österreicher und Schweizer, Deutscher Kunstverlag, München, 1973
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Lortzing

Images

The grave of Gustav Albert Lortzing at the Evangelischer Friedhof der Sophiengemeinde II, Berlin.
Picture by Androom (27 Aug 2008)

 

The grave of Gustav Albert Lortzing at the Evangelischer Friedhof der Sophiengemeinde II, Berlin.
Picture by Androom (27 Aug 2008)

 


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Published: 11 Jun 2016
Last update: 11 Jun 2016