Bethmann-Unzelmann, Friederike Auguste

BORN 12 Jan 1760, Gotha, Thüringen - DIED 16 Aug 1815, Berlin
BIRTH NAME Flittner, Friederike
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Kirchhof Jerusalem und Neue Kirche II, Zossener Strasse (Halleschen Tor), Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg (Südmauer 115)

Daughter of Jacques Flittner, a government official from Saxony. Her stepfather, the actor and singer Gustav Friedrich Grossmann, taught her singing. In 1777 she debuted in Mainz at the Stadttheater. During the first stage of her career she only sang in operas and her first success came with Mozart parts.

In 1786 she married the actor Karl W.F. Unzelmann with whom she worked in Mainz until 1788. The had two sons. They moved to Berlin, where her husband was engaged at the Court Theatre and she had a successful career as well.

She divorced Unzelmann and in 1803 she married the actor Heinrich Eduard Bethmann (their daughter would marry the actor Joseph Korntheuer). She performed in Braunschweig, Frankfurt am Main, Munich and Prague. She was as successful in comedies by Shakespeare and she was in plays by Lessing.

She was a friend of Goethe and also on good terms with queen Louise of Prussia. In 1815 she died unexpectedly in Berlin.

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• was a friend of Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von


The grave of Friederike Auguste Bethman-Unzelmann at the Kirchhof Jerusalem und Neue Kirche II, Halleschen Tor, Kreuzberg, Berlin.
Picture by Androom (08 Apr 2003)


• Hammer, Klaus, Historische Friedhöfe & Grabmäler in Berlin, Stattbuch Verlag, Berlin, 1994
Friederike Bethmann-Unzelmann – Wikipedia

Bettauer, Hugo

Published: 08 Jul 2007
Last update: 04 Jan 2022