BORN 10 Jul 1847, St. Georgen, Steiermark - DIED 18 Jan 1918, Wien|
GRAVE LOCATION Wien: Zentralfriedhof, Simmeringer Hauptstraße 234, Simmering (Gruppe 32 A, nummer 41)
Daughter of a schoolteacher. She was raised by her older brother
in poor circumstances. After she took singing lessons in Graz
she debuted as a soubrette at the Thaliatheater in Graz in "Leichte
Kavallerie". She married the opera singer Karl Friedrich and
together they were engaged at the Carl-theater in Vienna.|
In Vienna, she studied with musical director Proch and in 1869 she debuted at the Hofoper as Selika in Meyerbeer's "Africaine". She worked for the Hofoper until 1894. Richard Wagner met her in Virnna and had a high opinion of her when interpreting his works. He gave her the part of Brünhilde at the first Festspiele in Bayreuth in 1876 and in 1882 she was Kundy in "Parsifal". For weeks before his death in 1883 Wagner wrote her a grateful letter from Venice.
In 1884/1885 she performed in New York. In 1894 she took her leave from the stage as Elisabeth in Wagner's "Tannhäuser". In 1913 she performed one more time, at Wagner's 100th birthday.
worked for Elisabeth von Bayern, Kaiserin von Österreich
cooperated with Wagner, Richard
1882/6/25: Wagner's Parsifal is first performed in Bayreuth
Wagner himself conducted the last act of the first performance. It was Wagner's last work and it would be stage another sixteen times that year.
Budig, Robert S. et al, Ehrengräber am Wiener Zentralfriedhof, Compress Verlag Wien, Wien
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909