Goldmark, Karl

BORN 18 May 1830, Keszthely - DIED 2 Jan 1915, Wien
BIRTH NAME Goldmark, Károly
GRAVE LOCATION Wien: Zentralfriedhof, Simmeringer Hauptstraße 234, Simmering (Gruppe 52 A, Reihe 01, Nummer 13 )

Karl Goldmark was a son of the cantor of the Jewish congragation at Keszthely. he was taught the violin at the Musical Academy of Sopron between 1842 and 1844. In Vienna he studied under Leopold Jansa. He planned to continue his studies at the Conservatory but in 1848 it closed because of the revolution. He worked as a violinist at the Carlstheater and the Theater in der Josefstadt and learned composition mostly by himself.

In 1858 he gave a concert in Vienna but he it received badly and he temporarily returned to Budapest. In 1860 he was back in Vienna and worked as both a musician and a music journalist. He was influenced by Richard Wagner´s music and despite Wagner´s antisemitism he was a founder of the Vienna Wagner Society in 1872.

His famous opera "Die Königin von Saba" ("The Queen of Sheba") was first performed on 10 March 1875 in Vienna and it was performed continuously at the Vienna State Opera until 1938. Several further operas followed. He wrote a violin concerto that was very popular for a while, then forgotten, and rediscovered in the 20th century. He died in 1915 in Vienna.

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• was teacher to Gomperz-Bettelheim, Caroline von
• supported Wagner, Richard

10/3/1875Premiere of "Die Königin von Saba" by Karl Goldmark. He was inspired by his pupil Caroline von Gomperz-Bettelheim, whose beauty was compared to that of the Queen of Sheba by a friend. But the opera took very long and she never performed the part. The libretto was by Hermann Salomon Mosenthal and it was performed at the Hofoper in Vienna. Amelie Materna was the Queen of Sheena and other singers were Gustav Walter, Johann Nepomuk Beck, Marie Wilt, Hermine von Siegstädt and Hans von Rokitansky. [Friedrich-Materna, Amalie][Gomperz-Bettelheim, Caroline von][Wilt, Marie]


The grave of Karl Goldmark at the Zentralfriedhof, Vienna.
Picture by Androom (28 Aug 2014)


• Pleyel, Peter, Friedhöfe in Wien, Vom Mittelalter bis Heute, Pichler Edition, Wien, 1999
Die Königin von Saba - Wikipedia
Karl Goldmark - Wikipedia

Goldschmidt, Otto

Published: 20 Jun 2020
Last update: 22 Jan 2023