Sontag-Markloff, Franziska

BORN 12 Jan 1788, Heddernheim, Hessen - DIED 10 Apr 1865, Dresden, Sachsen
BIRTH NAME Markloff, Franziska
GRAVE LOCATION Dresden, Sachsen: Alter Katholischer Friedhof, Friedrichstrasse 54 (Feld B)

Daughter of a civil servant. She entered the stage when she was twelve years old. Her first engagement was at the Stadttheater in Mainz and after that she worked in Koblenz. She married the actor Franz Sontag in 1803 when she was only fifteen years old. In they 1806 they were both engaged in Trier. She started later in the season because of the birth of her daughter Henrietta. Actress Karoline Bauer suspected that Henrietta was born earlier and that her parents used the birth certificate of a younger sister that died in infancy.

Engagements in Köln, Elberfeld, Würzurg and Aachen followed. Another daughter, Nina, was born in 1811. Both daughters worked on the stage. In 1812 she and Sontag separated.

From 1812 to 1814 she was employed at the Hoftheater in Darmstadt where she worked with A.W. Iffland. In 1814 she continued her career at the Deutsche Theater in Prague where she was the successor of Sophie Schröder as first actress.

Her husband died in 1819 in Mainz and she contined her engagement in Prague until 1824. Guest performances in Vienna took place in 1817 and 1822. In Prague she had two sons with a certain Cristelli, August and Fritz.

From 1825 onwards she worked for theatres in various other cities. In 1828, aged 40, she had another son from the actor Wegener, who came from Königstadt. There was even talk of marriage, but then Wegener died. Receiving financial support from Henrietta, she left the stage in 1835 and settled in Dresden, where she raised her youngest son. Karolina Bauer claimed that Franziska had twelve children in total. Franziska died in Dresden in 1865.

• Son: Sontag, Karl

Related persons
• performed with Iffland, August Wilhelm
• was teacher to Ulrich, Pauline


The grave of Franziska Sontag at the Alter Katholischer Friedhof, Dresden.
Picture by Androom (28 Aug 2005)


• Schlechte, Gudrun, Der Alte Katholische Friedhof in der Friedrichstadt zu Dresden, Hille, Dresden, 2004
Franziska Sontag – Wikipedia

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Published: 08 Feb 2015
Last update: 16 Jan 2022