Marbach, Johanna Rosalie

BORN 4 Mar 1803, Leipzig, Sachsen - DIED 12 Oct 1837, Leipzig, Sachsen
BIRTH NAME Wagner, Johanna Rosalie
GRAVE LOCATION Leipzig, Sachsen: Alter Johannisfriedhof (buried on the North site, tombstone now a few meters from original site)

Sister of the composer Richard Wagner. She was trained as a actress. After her stepfather Ludwig Geyer died she had to take care of the income of the family. In 1826 she obtained a contract in Prague and she moved together with her mother and her sisters to that city. In 1828 she was engaged at the theatre in Leipzig.

She was the first to play the part of Gretchen in Goethe's "Faust" on 28 Aug 1829. In 1836 she married professor Oswald Marbach (1810-1890), but she died in 1837, five days after her first child had died.

• Mother: Wagner, Johanna Rosina
• Brother: Wagner, Richard

Related persons
• is brother/sister of Wagner, Richard

28/8/1829Goethe's "Faust" is performed in Leipzig. The occasion was Goethe's 80th birthday. Rosalie Wagner played Gretchen to great acclaim. [Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von]


The grave of Johanna Wagner and Rosalie Marbach-Wagner at the Alter Johannisfriedhof, Leipzig.
Picture by Androom (08 Feb 2005)


Rosalie Wagner - Stadtwiki Dresden

Marberg, Lili

Published: 01 Jan 2006
Last update: 03 Jan 2022