Milde, Hans Feodor von

OPERA SINGER (AUSTRIA)
BORN 13 Apr 1821, Petronell, Niederösterreich - DIED 10 Dec 1899, Weimar, Thüringen
GRAVE LOCATION Weimar, Thüringen: Historischer Friedhof, Poseckscher Garten

Hans Feodor von Milde was the son of an administrator of Prince Batthyány's estates. He appeared as an oratorio singer at the church of Heiligenkreuz Abbey when he was eleven years old. His father wanted himn to study law in Vienna, but he broke of his studies to be trained as a singer by Franz Hauser (1794-1870) and Manuel Garcia (1805-1906).

In 1846 he debuted in Lortzing's opera "Zar und Zimmermann". Franz Liszt helped him to a guest performance in Weimar and there he first appeared as Lord Ashton in Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor" on 23 May 1848. He sang several Wagner parts with Rosa Aghte and they both sang at the world premiere of "Lohengrin" in 1850. They married in 1851. They had two sons who became singers, Franz von Milde (1855-1929) and Rudolf von Milde (1859-1927). Their adopted daughter Natalie (1850-1906) was an author and a suffragette.

Hans Von Milde appeared in many more operas in Weimar together with Rosa. He gave his last performance in Weimar in Donizetti's "Lucrezia Borgia" on 15 June 1884. After that he worked as a singing teacher. He died in 1899 in Weimar.

Family
• Son: Milde, Rudolf von
• Wife: Milde-Agthe, Rosa von (1851-1899)

Related persons
• adopted Milde, Nathalie von

Events
28/8/1850Premiere of the opera "Lohengrin" by Richard Wagner in Weimar conducted by Franz Liszt. Richard Wagner had finished the opera early in 1848 but after his revolutionary activities he had been forced to leave Dresden in 1849. Liszt staged the opera in Weimar. Wagner was in exile at the time and couldn't attend. The opera was a success although the lead tenor Karl Beck disappointed. [Liszt, Franz][Milde-Agthe, Rosa von][Wagner, Richard]
2/12/1877Premiere of "Samson et Dalila" by Saint-Saëns in Weimar. The opera was performed at the Grossherzogliches Theater in a German translation. The part of Dalila was written for Pauline Viardot but she was no longer able to sing it and it went to Auguste von Müller. The conductor was Eduard Lassen. [Saint-Saëns, Camille][Viardot-Garcia, Pauline]

Images

The grave of Hans Feodor von Milde and Rosa von Milde-Aghte at the Historischer Friedhof, Weimar.
Picture by Androom (13 Aug 2020)

 

Sources
Find-A-Grave
Wikipedia (DE)
Lohengrin (opera) - Wikipedia
Samson and Delilah (opera) - Wikipedia


Milde, Nathalie von

Published: 23 Jan 2023
Last update: 23 Jan 2023