|VOCALIST, ACTOR, COMPOSER, PAINTER (HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE)|
BORN 14 Jan 1751, Guben - DIED 23 Aug 1802, Ilmenau, Thüringen: Sächsische Hof |
REAL NAME Schröter, Corona Elisabeth Wilhelmine
GRAVE LOCATION Ilmenau, Thüringen: Hauptfriedhof, Erfurter Strasse 12
Corona Schröter was the daughter of hobo player Johann Friedrich
Schröter. Her brother was Johann Samuel Schröter (1752-1788)
who succeeded Johann Christian Bach as Music Master of the Queen
in London in 1782. Her sister Marie Henriette was a singer.|
From her fourteenth year she stood on the stage as a singer and as an actress. Her parents moved to Leipzig and there she met Goethe during the time she studied with Johann Adam Hiller.When Goethe moved to Weimar in 1775 he took her with her as a court singer for Duchess Anna Amalia. In 1776 she became a member of Goethe's amateur theatre in Weimar and there she first played the part of Iphigenie. In 1783 the amateur theatre was replaced by a professional court theatre and she continued to act in other settings.
As a composer she set words from Goethe and Schiller to music. She was also a painter and in 1787 an exhibition of her work in Weimar was a succes. From 1788 onwards she withdrew from court life and worked as an acting and singing teacher. She continued painting.
Corona Schröter never married and seemed unreachable for men. But she was very close to her friend Wilhelmine Probst who was always at her side. Health problems forced her to move to Ilmenau together with Wilhelmine. By the time she died in 1802 she was almost forgotten. It wasn't before 1902 that a large stone was placed upon her grave.
was teacher to Becker-Neumann, Christiane
was admired by Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
was a friend of Schiller, Johann Christoph Friedrich von