Denera, Erna

BORN 4 Sep 1879, Schloss Pila near Posen - DIED 16 Mar 1938, Berlin
GRAVE LOCATION Stahnsdorf, Brandenburg: Südwestkirchhof, Bahnhofstrasse (Block Charlottenburg, Gartenblock III, Gartenstelle 156/157)

Erna Denera studied piano and music theory under Max Reger and Heinrich Spangenberg in Wiesbaden and under Wilhelm Kufferath in Bonn. In 1904 she changed to studying singing under Franz Dulong in Berlin and under Heinrich Feinhaus in Milan. In 1906 she debuted as Senta in "Der Fliegende Holländer" at the Court Theatre in Kassel.

After a short engagement at the Court Theatre in Wiesbaden she worked from 1908 to 1921 as a soprano for the Court Opera in Berlin. She also appeared in Meiningen, Bayreuth, Madrid, Barcelona, Brussels and Antwerpen. In 1916 she was was set to appear at the Metropolitan Opera in New York but the USA joining the First World War made this impossible.

In 1919 she was in the movie "Nocturno der Liebe" and in 1921 she appeared at several theatres in Italy. The last part of her live she lived in Berlin where she worked as a singing teacher. She died in Berlin in 1938.

Related persons
• was pupil of Reger, Max


The grave of Erna Denera at the Südwestfriedhof, Stahnsdorf.
Picture by Androom (08 Aug 2020)


• Mende, Hans-Jürgen, Lexicon Berliner Grabstätten, Haude & Spener, 2006
Wikipedia (DE)
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Denis, Maurice

Published: 05 Sep 2020
Last update: 07 Jan 2023