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date: 31 March 2020

Wendling [née Sarselli], Elisabeth locked

  • Paul Corneilson


(b Mannheim, Feb 20, 1746; d Munich, Jan 10, 1786). German soprano . Her parents, the tenor Pietro Sarselli and his wife Carolina, were singers at Mannheim. She accompanied her future husband to Italy in 1760 and after her return to Mannheim in 1761 was appointed a court musician. She married Franz Wendling, the violinist and brother of Johann Baptist, on 1 December 1764. Beginning with the role of Cirene in Traetta’s Sofonisba (1762), she was cast in the seconda donna roles at the Hoftheater, singing opposite her sister-in-law, Dorothea. She accompanied the court to Munich in 1778, and there created her most famous role, Electra in Mozart’s Idomeneo (1781). She also sang the title role in Salieri’s Semiramide (1782); her last role was Zelmira in Prati’s Armida abbandonata (1785).

F. J. Lipowsky: Baierisches Musiklexikon (Munich, 1811) F. Walter: Geschichte des Theaters und der Musik am kurpfälzischen Hofe...

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