|OPERETTA SINGER (GERMANY)
BORN 6 Apr 1847, Riga - DIED 31 May 1888, Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen: Severinsklösterchen
BIRTH NAME Dubenovsky, Mila
CAUSE OF DEATH stomach cancer
GRAVE LOCATION Bad Honnef, Nordrhein-Westfalen: Alter Friedhof, Am Wolfshof (Röder mausoleum)
Mila Röder was the daughter of the blacksmith Christoph Magnus Dubenowsky from Riga. Her mother was Anna Elisabeth Schilling, who was known as Annette. Her mother married the german actor, director and theatre agent Ferdinand Röder. Her name was changed to Röder. Her stepfather took care of her musical education and she was able to study with Adele Glassbrenner-Peroni in Berlin, with Pauline Viardot in Baden-Baden and with Gustave Roger in Paris.
In 1872 she debuted in Vienna at the Carltheater in Offenbach's "Boule de Neige" and she was an instant succes. In Berlin she was succesful under the name Mila Romani and in London she was also well received. In 1878 he was contracted by the State Opera in Vienna, but the contract was dissolved because she only wanted to sing in Italian. By that time she suffered from health problems and she gave her last performance at the Teatro Niccolini in Florence. After her stepfather's death in 1880 she retired to private life. She spent her last years in Bad Honnef. She was known for her beauty and she had many admirers. She planned to marry Count Dezio from Milan, but she died in 1888 after an operation for stomach cancer in a hospital in Cologne.
She was buried in the same mausleum as her stepfather in Bad Honnef. A bust of her created by Robert Cauer (1863-1947) was placed in the mausoleum. The bust is now at the Haus Gutenberg in Bad Honnef.
was pupil of Glassbrenner-Peroni, Adele
was adopted by Röder, Ferdinand
was pupil of Viardot-Garcia, Pauline
Möderler, Catrin, Mila Röder, Ein Bühnenreifes Leben, Tredition, Hamburg, 2019