Lortzing, Albert

BORN 23 Oct 1801, Berlin - DIED 21 Jan 1851, Berlin
BIRTH NAME Lortzing, Gustav Albert
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Evangelischer Friedhof der Sophiengemeinde II, Bergstrasse 29 (IX-6-47/48)

Son of Johann Gottlieb Lortzing (1775-1841). His parents founded the theatre company Urania in Berlin. In 1811 the family moved to Breslau and other cities followed. From 1812 onwards he was on the stage and after education by Carl Friedrich Rungenhagen he appeared as a tenor.

In 1824 he married the actress Rosina Regina Ahles. During the same year he wrote his first opera "Ali-Pascha Von Janina". In 1826 was engaged at the Hoftheater in Detmold. There he quarreled with the poet C.D. Grabbe, but they settled their differences. In 1828 "Ali-Pascha Von Janina" was produced in Münster.

In 1833 he and wis wife went to Leipzig where they worked at the Stadttheater. In 1844 he became musical director at the Stadttheater, but he was fired soon afterwards, officialy for health reasons. The public protests didn't help him.

From 1845 to 1847 he was musical director at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna. In 1848 he returned to Leipzig where he worked on his political opera "Regina". Once more he lost his and he was forced to resume acting to keep his family. He and his wife had six surviving children. He held engagements in Gera and Lüneberg before he became the director of the new Friedrich-Wilhelmstädtischen Theater in Berlin. In January, 1851 he died in Berlin.

He had stated that he wanted to be buried next to his mother at the Katholische Friedhof Matzleinsdorf in Vienna, but he was in debt at the time of his death and he was buried in Berlin.

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• was sculpted by Eberlein, Gustav
• had funeral attended by Meyerbeer, Giacomo

0/5/1899Lilli Lehmann sings the part of Brünnhilde at the Maifestspiele in Wiesbaden. Wagner's entire "Ring des Nibelungen" was performed during that year. After that she also sang the part of Irmentraut in Lortzing's "Waffenschmied". She had also been a guest at the Maifestspiele in 1896 and she remembered them with pleasure in her autobiography. [Lehmann, Lilli][Wagner, Richard]


The grave of Gustav Albert Lortzing at the Evangelischer Friedhof der Sophiengemeinde II, Berlin.
Picture by Androom (27 Aug 2008)


Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
Albert Lortzing – Wikipedia
Lehmann, Lilli (Elisabeth Maria), verheiratete Lehmann-Kalisch | Landeshauptstadt Wiesbaden

Losch, Liselotte

Published: 11 Jun 2016
Last update: 15 Feb 2022