Klafsky, Katharina

BORN 19 Sep 1855, Mosonszentjános, Wieselburg - DIED 22 Sep 1896, Hamburg
CAUSE OF DEATH brain disease
GRAVE LOCATION Hamburg: Friedhof Ohlsdorf, Fühlsbüttler Strasse 756 (X5, 408/409 (cleared, tombstone now in the Garten der Frauen))

The soprano Katharina Klafsky came from a humble family. When she worked as a nurserymaid in Vienna her fine voice earned her a place in a choir in Vienna in 1874. She took lessons with Mathilde Marchesi. She had some small parts in opera in Salzburg before she she married the businessman Liebermann. She followed him to Leipzig, but they divorced later that year. Angelo Neumann engaged her at the Stadttheater in Leipzig. After a few years she was successful as Brünhilde and Isolde in the operas by Richard Wagner.

In 1886 she was engaged at the Stadttheater in Hamburg where she had a successful career for ten years. In 1892 she took the stage in London and in 1895 in the USA. Shortly before she would leave for New York in 1896 she suddenly died of a brain disease, aged only 41. She was buried beside her second husband Franz Greve at the Ohlsdorf Cemetery in the costume of Venus from Wagner's "Tannhäuser". Her third husband was musical director Otto Lohse.

• Husband: Greve, Franz (-1892)

Related persons
• was pupil of Marchesi, Mathilde


The gravestone of Franz Greve and Katharina Klafsky can now be found at the Garten of Frauen at the Ohlsdorfer Friedhof, Hamburg.
Picture by Androom (30 Aug 2012)


Katharina Klafsky – Wikipedia

Klapka, György

Published: 14 Apr 2018
Last update: 12 Mar 2022