Gentner-Fischer, Else

BORN 5 Sep 1883, Frankfurt am Main, Hessen - DIED 26 Apr 1943, Prien am Chiemsee, Bayern
BIRTH NAME Fischer, Else
GRAVE LOCATION Frankfurt am Main, Hessen: Hauptfriedhof (Gewann II, 034)

Else Fischer was the daughter of a barber. She studied at the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt am Main and debuted in 1905 in Mannheim. She married the tenor Karl Ziegler in the same year. She first appeared the opera in Frankfurt in 1907 and performed there until 1935. In 1911 she was Sophie in "Der Rosenkavelier".

In 1922 her husband died and from 1923 to 1924 she toured in the USA. In 1923 in Chicago she sang in the American premiere of Eugen d'Albert's "Die toten Augen". In 1930 she was the wife in the premiere of Arnold Schoenberg's "Von heute auf morgen". She had married the opera singer Benno Ziegler, but his Jewish descent forced her to end her career in 1935. Her last part was Isolde on 23 June 1935. In 1939 Ziegler fled to England and left her behind. She lived in Bavaria until her death in Prien am Chiemsee in 1943.


The grave of Else Ziegler at the Hauptfriedhof, Frankfurt am Main.
Picture by Androom (20 Dec 2014)


Else Gentner-Fischer - Wikipedia

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Published: 07 Aug 2021
Last update: 23 Jul 2022