Hussa-Greve, Maria

BORN 7 Dec 1893, Wien - DIED 19 Apr 1980, Chicago, Illinois
BIRTH NAME Hussa, Maria Immaculata Martha
GRAVE LOCATION Wien: Zentralfriedhof, Simmeringer Hauptstraße 234, Simmering (Gruppe 32 B, Nummer 20)

Maria Hussa studied with Elise Elizza and with Simon Arnold Greve, who became her husband. She debuted in 1917 at the Volksoper in Vienna and in 1918 she was engaged at the State Opera in Vienna. From 1921 to 1923 she sang at the opera in Graz, where she performed the title part in "Salome" by Richard Strauss. From 1923 to 1927 she worked for the State opera in Berlin. In 1927 she appeared in Hamburg. Ernst Krenek dedicated his "Monolog der Stella" to her in 1928. After an engagement in Düsseldorf in 1934/1935 she returned to Vienna, where she worked at the Theater an der Wien.

Greve was Jewish and in 1938 they emigrated to the USA. There she was contracted by the opera of Chicago. In 1940 she appeared at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. In 1948 she sang for the last time at the State Opera in Vienna. From 1949 she gave summer courses at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. She died from heart failure a few days after she was injured during a robbery at a metro station in Chicago.

Several sources state that she was cremated and that her ashes are at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Chicago. However, the cemetery register of Vienna states that her remains were buried at the Zentralfriedhof in Vienna on 19 April 1982 in the grave of her family.

• Husband: Greve, Senia Arnold (-1952)

Related persons
• performed work of Strauss, Richard


The grave of Maria Hussa-Greve and Senia Arnold-Greve at the Zentralfriedhof in Vienna.
Picture by Androom (03 Sep 2022)


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Published: 07 Aug 2023
Last update: 13 Aug 2023