Therese Grünbaum


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(b Vienna, 24 Aug 1791; d Berlin, 30 Jan 1876). Austrian soprano. She studied with her father, the composer Wenzel Müller, appearing on the stage while still a child (including the part of Lilli in Ferdinand Kauer's Das Donauweibchen). While engaged in Prague, she sang Zerlina in 1807 and later became a famous Donna Anna. For her benefit performance of the title role of E.-N. Méhul's Héléna in 1815, Carl Maria von Weber composed a special scena and aria ( j178). In 1816 she moved to the Kärntnertortheater, Vienna, where in 1819 she sang Desdemona in the first Viennese performance of Gioachino Rossini's Otello and in 1823 created Eglantine in Weber's Euryanthe. Later she sang in Munich (1827) and Berlin (1828–30). She had a brilliant, flexible voice with secure technique. After retiring from the stage she became a noted teacher. Her husband was the tenor Johann Christoff Grünbaum (1785–1870), who sang in Prague, Vienna and Berlin. Their daughter, Caroline Grünbaum (b Prague, 18 March 1814; d Brunswick, 26 May 1868), had a successful career as a soprano and created Anna in Heinrich Marschner's Hans Heiling in Berlin (1833).

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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