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date: 08 December 2019

Mallinger [née Lichtenegger], Mathilde locked

  • Elizabeth Forbes

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( b Zagreb, Feb 17, 1847; d Berlin, April 19, 1920). Croatian soprano . After studying at the Prague Conservatory with Gordigiani and in Vienna with Richard Loewy, she was engaged at the Hofoper, Munich, where she made her début in 1866 as Norma. While at Munich she sang Elsa in Lohengrin, Elisabeth in Tannhäuser and Eva at the first performance of Die Meistersinger (21 June 1868). She was then engaged at Berlin, making her début as Elsa in 1869, and remained there until her retirement in 1882. She took part in the first Berlin performances of Die Meistersinger (1870) and of Aida (1874), and her repertory also included Leonore in Fidelio, Agathe in Der Freischütz, Sieglinde in Die Walküre, Valentine in Les Huguenots and the Mozart roles of Pamina, Donna Anna and Countess Almaviva. Her voice, essentially a lyric soprano, was not large but so well schooled that she could sing heavier, dramatic roles without strain. After her retirement she taught singing in Prague and later in Berlin, where Lotte Lehmann was among her pupils....

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