(b nr Rostock, 12 Jan 1876; d Schwerin, 14 June 1947). German soprano. She studied in Berlin and made her début at Plauen in 1898. In 1901 she created Diemut in Richard Strauss's Feuersnot and sang in the première of Ignacy Jan Paderewski's Manru, both in Dresden, where she established herself as principal dramatic soprano until 1912. She created the title role in Strauss's Elektra in 1909, repeating the role in 1910 under Thomas Beecham at Covent Garden, where she was compared to her disadvantage with London's first Electra, Edyth Walker. Salome was another role in which she was much admired. She spent her last seasons at Mannheim, Weimar and Schwerin, where in 1916 she retired to teach. Her recordings include Act 2 of Tannhäuser (1909), in which her Elisabeth is strongly characterized and finely sung.
From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.