Suppé, Franz von

BORN 18 Apr 1819, Split - DIED 21 May 1895, Wien
BIRTH NAME Suppé Damelli, Francesco Ezechiele Ermenegilde Cavalierie
GRAVE LOCATION Wien: Zentralfriedhof, Simmeringer Hauptstraße 234, Simmering (Gruppe 32 A, Nummer 31)

Franz von Suppé was born at Dalmato, now Split, in the Austrian Empire. His father was of Italian and Belgian ancestry and worked as a civil servant. His mother came from Vienna. He grew up in Zadar where he took music lessons and created his first compositions. In Cremona he studied harmony and flute.

He studied law in Padua but continued to study music as well. In 1842 he debuted as a singer. Franz Pokorny invited him to come to the Theater in der Josefstadt in Vienna. In Vienna he studied under Ignaz from Seyfried and Simon Sechter. He was able to stage his own compositions at the Theater in der Josefstadt and over the years he created numerous productions for several theatres in Vienna. In 1846 he produced Meyerbeer's "Les Huguenots" with Jenny Lind singing.

He was best known for his operettas. "Das Pensionat" was first staged on 24 Nov 1860 at the Theater an der Wien and this event is regarded as the beginning of the era of the Viennese operetta. Other successful operettas were "Die schöne Galathée" (1865, Karltheater, Vienna) and "Boccaccio" (1879, Karltheater, Vienna).

Related persons
• supported Link, Antonie
• was influenced by Offenbach, Jacques


The grave of Franz von Suppé at the Zentralfriedhof, Vienna.
Picture by Androom (20 sep 2004)


• Budig, Robert S. et al, Ehrengräber am Wiener Zentralfriedhof, Compress Verlag Wien, Wien
• Reeth, Adelaïde van & Guido Peeters, Herinneringen in Steen, De Haan/Unieboek, Houten, 1988
Franz von Suppé - Wikipedia

Susskind, David

Published: 21 May 2016
Last update: 18 Aug 2022