(b Vienna, 29 April 1774; d Vienna, 4 Feb 1856). Austrian singer and actress. She came from a theatrical family; both her parents were in the German theatre company of the Nationaltheater, and, as one of four sisters who all acted in the theatre as children, she first appeared in the Burgtheater at the age of five. She was just 12 when she created the role of Barbarina in W.A. Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro (1 May 1786); she also created Pamina in Die Zauberflöte (30 September 1791). That role represented the artistic peak of her career (although she was not yet 18). She had been engaged by emanuel Schikaneder in 1789 for his Freihaus-Theater and stayed there three years, singing mainly in Singspiel.
From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.