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STRAKOSCH, ALEXANDER:

Hungarian actor and dramatic teacher; born at Sebes, near Eperies, Hungary, Dec. 3, 1845. After a brief trial of commercial life he went on the stage at Reichenberg (Sept., 1863). Subsequently he danced, sang, and acted at Troppau, and his versatility then obtained for him an engagement at the Hoftheater, Hanover, and later (1864) one in Budapest. In the same year he went to Paris to study under Martel of the ComédieFrançaise. While in the French capital his talent attracted much attention, and he appeared repeatedly as a reader of the plays of Schiller and Goethe.

When Laube visited Paris in 1867 he engaged Strakosch as dramatic teacher for the Stadttheater at Leipsic, and subsequently for the Stadttheater at Vienna. Strakosch remained in this position until 1879, when he toured Europe as dramatic reader. The season of 1887-88 he spent in the United States. In 1891 he went to Munich, but remained there only a short time, settling eventually in Görlitz. He has been a professor at the Vienna Conservatorium for many years.

Bibliography:
  • Das Geistige Wien, pp. 551-552;
  • O. G. Flüggen, Bühnen-Lexikon, p. 300.
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