Wendling [née Spurni], Dorothea
- Paul Corneilson
(b Stuttgart, March 21, 1736; d Munich, Aug 20, 1811). German soprano. The daughter of a Stuttgart horn player, she was appointed a singer at the Mannheim court in 1752; on 9 January of that year she married the flautist Johann Baptist Wendling. Her first role was Hermione in Galuppi’s Antigona (17 January 1753). In 1758 she sang the prima donna role in Holzbauer’s Nitteti and for the next 20 years was the most celebrated soprano at Mannheim. Her salary, 1200 florins in 1759, increased to 1500 in 1778. She appeared in serious operas by Jommelli, Holzbauer, Piccinni and J.C. Bach, and took the title roles in Traetta’s Sofonisba (1762) and Majo’s Ifigenia in Tauride (1764). She also sang in the Italian comic operas performed at Mannheim in the 1770s, and appeared in more than 30 roles in 25 years. Mozart admired her voice and wrote the concert aria ...