By: Isidore Singer
German soprano opera-singer; born Aug. 19, 1809, at Mayence; died insane Feb. 18, 1872, at Illenau, Baden. Beginning life as a strolling harpist, she was noticed by a Frankfort musician, who instructed her in music. She afterward (1825) studied under Spohr at Cassel, and under Tadolini in Paris. In 1829 she sang at the Paris Italian opera with Sontag and Malibran, and in 1835 accepted an engagement at the Dresden court theater. Her success in Berlin, Vienna, Milan, and other cities was remarkable, her chief rôles being Romeo, Anna Bolena, Norma, and Rosine. In 1844 she appeared for the last time at Frankfort. In 1853 she married a French merchant, Marquet, in Marseilles.
- Baker, Biog. Dict. of Musicians;
- Jüdischer Plutarch, ii. 76-85;
- Meyers Konversations-Lexikon.