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date: 20 January 2020

Kemp [Mikley-Kemp], Barbaralocked

  • Harold Rosenthal

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(b Cochem, Dec 12, 1881; d Berlin, April 17, 1959). German soprano and director. She studied at the Strasbourg Conservatory (1902–5), becoming an ‘apprentice’ at the Strasbourg Opera and making her début in 1903 as an offstage priestess in Aida. She was engaged at Rostock (1906–8), Breslau (1908–13), and, from 1913, at the Berlin Hofoper (later Staatsoper), remaining a member of the ensemble until 1932. In 1922 she made her Metropolitan début in the title role of Max von Schillings’s Mona Lisa. The next year she married the composer and sang again at the Metropolitan, as Elsa, Isolde – a role in which she was admired for her stage presence but considered deficient in range and power – and Kundry. She sang Senta at Bayreuth in 1914 (as Barbara Mikley-Kemp) and Kundry from 1924 to 1927. In 1938–9 she directed Von Schillings’s Ingwelde and ...

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