Strauss, Pauline

BORN 4 Feb 1863, Ingolstadt, Bayern - DIED 13 May 1950, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bayern
BIRTH NAME Ahna, Pauline de
GRAVE LOCATION Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bayern: Friedhof Garmisch, Friedhofstrasse 5

Daughter of the well known Bavarian general Adolf de Agna. She was trained as a soprano. In 1887 sh met the composer Richard Strauss, who gave her singing lessons. In 1890 she debuted in Weimar as Pamina and in 1891 she sang at the Bayreuth festival. In 1894 she married Strauss, who wrote several works for her. The famous critic Hanslick admired her 'sweet soprano voice'.

She was an eccentric and often bad tempered and his family didn't like her. Many of his musical friends didn't want to visit him because of her. Strauss didn't mind her whims and it was a good marriage. In 1906 she stopped singing. They had one son, Franz Strauss (1897-1980). Pauline died eight months after Strauss in May 1950.

• Husband: Strauss, Richard (1894-1949, Marquartstein: Burgkirche St. Veit)


The grave of Richard Strauss at the Friedhof Garmisch, Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Picture by Androom (23 Aug 2007)


• Scheibmayr, Erich, Gräber in Oberbayern - ausserhalb von München, Verlag Erich Scheibmayr, München, 1998

Strauss, Richard

Published: 25 Jul 2010
Last update: 11 Feb 2022