Garrigues, Eugenia Malvina

BORN 7 Dec 1825, Kopenhagen - DIED 8 Feb 1904, Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg: St. Vincentius Krankenhaus
GRAVE LOCATION Dresden, Sachsen: Alter Annenfriedhof, Chemnitzer Strasse 32 ((ashes))

Eugenia Malvina Garrigues was a Danish soprano of French and Brazilian descent. She was a pupil of Manuel Patricio Garcia. She debuted in 1841 in "Robert le Diable" by Meyerbeer. When she was engaged at the Hofoper in Karlsruhe she met the opera singer Ludwig Schnorr von Carolsfeld and she married him in 1860. Also in 1860 they moved to the Opera in Dresden.

Richard Wagner selected them to be the first Tristan and Isolde. But the premiere on 15 May 1865 had to be postponed because she was hoarse. It took place on 10 Jun 1865 in Munch. Three weeks later Schnorr von Carolsfeld suddenly died. She held seances with her pupil Isodore von Reutter, who told her that she conversed with the spirit of her husband. She claimed that the spirit had told her that Malvina was to marry Wagner and she herself King Ludwig. She was very jealous of Cosima von Bülow, with whom Wagner lived, and sent a letter to the court, denouncing Wagner and Cosima.

She died in a hospital in Karlsruhe in 1904 and was cremated in Heidelberg. Her ashes were buried in the grave of her husband in Dresden.

• Husband: Schnorr von Carolsfeld, Ludwig (1860-1865)

Related persons
• was teacher of Gudehus, Heinrich

10/6/1865Premiere of Richard Wagner's "Tristan Und Isolde" in Munich. Hans von Bülow was the conductor. "Tristan und Isolde" was refused in Paris, Vienna and Karlsruhe because it would be 'impossible to perform'. The performance started at six and ended shortly before midnight. Ludwig Schnorr von Carolsfeld was Tristan and his wife Malvina was Isolde. King Ludwig II of Bavaria was there. [Bülow, Hans von][Possart-Deinet, Anna von][Schnorr von Carolsfeld, Ludwig][Wagner, Richard]


The grave of Malvina Schnorr von Carolsfeld and her mother in law at the Alter Annenfriedhof, Dresden.
Picture by Androom (23 Aug 2000)


Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909

Garrow, Theodosia

Published: 19 Apr 2009
Last update: 25 Apr 2022