Possart, Ernst von

BORN 11 May 1841, Berlin - DIED 7 Apr 1921, Berlin
BIRTH NAME Possart, Ernst Heinrich von
GRAVE LOCATION München, Bayern: Alte Südfriedhof, Thalkirchnerstrasse 17 (31-01-30)

Ersnst von Possart was the son Johann Christian Possart, a merchant from Berlin. The painter Felix Possart was his brother. He was educated as a librarian and subsequently attended Wilhelm Kaiser's acting school. When he was twenty he debuted in Breslau.

In 1863 he replaced Karl August Görner as director at the Stadttheater in Hamburg. In 1864 a part in "Die Räuber" by Schiller made him famous.

In 1868 he married the singer Anna Caroline Deinet with whom he had four children. Their daughter Anna made herself a name as the singer Ernesta Delsarta. In 1873 he became the main director at the Höfbühne in Munich and he obtained a professorship as well.

In 1883 he divorced his wife, but five years later they married again in New York where he was on tour. In 1888 he was engaged as director atthe Lessingtheater in Berlin.In 1893 he became the general director of the Hoftheater in Munich and he settled in Munich permanently. Together with Max Littmann he was involved at the construction of the Prinzregententheater in Munich. In 1905 he retired. After his wife died in 1919 he moved to his native Berlin where he died in 1921.

• Wife: Possart-Deinet, Anna von (1868-1919)

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The grave of Ernst and Anna von Possart at the Alte Südfriedhof, Munich.
Picture by Androom (04 Jan 1997)


Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
Ernst von Possart – Wikipedia

Possart-Deinet, Anna von

Published: 02 Nov 2008
Last update: 25 Apr 2022