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date: 14 November 2019

Grünbaum, Therese [née Müller]locked

  • Elizabeth Forbes

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[née Müller]

(bVienna, Aug 24, 1791; d Berlin, Jan 30, 1876). Austrian soprano. She studied with her father, the composer Wenzel Müller, appearing on the stage while still a child. While engaged in Prague, she sang Zerlina in 1807 and later became a famous Donna Anna. For her benefit performance of the title role of Méhul’s Héléna in 1815, Weber composed a special scena and aria (j178). In 1816 she moved to the Kärntnertortheater, Vienna, where in 1819 she sang Desdemona in the first Viennese performance of Rossini’s Otello and in 1823 created Eglantine in Weber’s Euryanthe. Later she sang in Munich (1827) and Berlin (1828–30). She had a brilliant, flexible voice with secure technique. After retiring from the stage she became a noted teacher. Her husband was the tenor Johann Christoff Grünbaum (1785–1870), who sang in Prague, Vienna and Berlin. Their daughter, Caroline Grünbaum (...

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