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date: 17 November 2019

Materna(-Friedrich), Amalie locked

  • Elizabeth Forbes

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( b St Georgen, July 10, 1844; d Vienna, Jan 18, 1918). Austrian soprano . She made her début in 1865 at Graz and then appeared in operetta at the Karlstheater, Vienna. In 1869 she first sang at the Vienna Court Opera, as Selika in L’africaine, and was engaged there for 25 years. She sang Amneris in the first Vienna performance of Aida (29 April 1874) and the title role at the première of Goldmark’s Die Königin von Saba (10 March 1875). Her voice grew to be immensely powerful, but never lost its youthful bright timbre and was ideal for the role of Brünnhilde, which she sang in the first complete Ring cycle at Bayreuth (1876), in the first Vienna performances of Die Walküre (1877) and Siegfried (1878), and in the first Berlin Ring at the Victoria Theatre (1881...

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