Gomperz-Bettelheim, Caroline von

PIANIST, SINGER (AUSTRIAN EMPIRE)
BORN 1 Jun 1845, Budapest - DIED 13 Dec 1925, Wien
GRAVE LOCATION Wien: Döblinger Friedhof, Hartäckerstraße 65 (Gruppe 32, Reihe 3, Nummer 22 (Ehrengrab))

Caroline Bettelheim was born as the daughter of Jewish parents in Hungary. She took piano lessons with Karl Goldmark and singing lessons with Moritz Laufer. She debuted as a pianist when she was fourteen years old. Two years later she first appeared as a singer at a stage in Vienna. Between 1861 and 1867 she was a member of the ensemble of the Hofoper in Vienna.

In 1867 she married Julius Ritter von Gomperz (1824-1909), the president of the Chamber of Commerce. After her marriage she ended her career at the large stages of Vienna but she still appeared in smaller theatres in Germany. On 16 Mar 1876 she sang Beethoven's Scottish songs accompanied by Franz Liszt on the piano.

Related persons
• was pupil to Goldmark, Karl
• cooperated with Liszt, Franz

Events
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][Goldmark, Karl][Wilt, Marie]

Images

The grave of Caroline von Gomperz-Bettelheim at the Döblinger Friedhof, Vienna.
Picture by Androom (19 Aug 2007)

 

Sources
Caroline von Gomperz-Bettelheim – Wikipedia


Goncourt, Edmond de

Published: 05 Jun 2011
Last update: 20 Jun 2020