Salvatini, Mafalda

BORN 17 Oct 1886, Baia, Campania - DIED 13 Jun 1971, Lugano, Ticino
GRAVE LOCATION Lugano, Ticino: Cimitero di Castagnola, Piazza San Giorgio (loculo 177)

Mafalda Salvatini was the daughter of an Italian army officer. She was orphaned when she was four years old an she was raised at boarding schools. She showed musical talent from an early age and she studied singing with Pauline Viardot-Garcia and Jean de Reszke in Paris. She also studied under Julius Lieban in Germany.

In 1908 she debuted at the Berlin State Opera in the title part of Verdi's "Aida" next to Enrico Caruso. In the same year she married the scientist Walter Gérard and the costume designer Rolf Gérard is their son. In 1914 she left the Berlin State Opera and joined the Deutsche Oper, also in Berlin. There she worked until 1923. From 1924 to 1926 she was back at the Berlin State Opera, where she sang in Puccini's "Turandot" under Bruno Walter. From 1926 to 1932 she worked once more at the Deutsche Oper.

In 1932 she retired from the stage and in 1933 she married Jurgis Saulys, the Lithuanian ambassador to Germany. When the Second World War broke out they moved to Lugano and there she lived until her death in 1971.

• Husband: Saulys, Jurgis (1933-1948)

Related persons
• was pupil of Viardot-Garcia, Pauline


The grave of Mafalda Salvatini at the Cimitero di Castagnola in Lugano, Ticino.
Picture by Androom (15 Feb 2019)


Mafalda Salvatini - Wikipedia

Salviati, Dorothea von

Published: 01 Aug 2020
Last update: 16 Sep 2021