Sophie Loewe


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(b Oldenburg, 24 May 1812; d Budapest, 29 Nov 1866). German soprano. She studied in Vienna and with Francesco Lamperti in Milan. In 1831 she was in Naples, where she sang Adelaide in Gioachino Rossini's Tancredi. The following year she sang Elisabetta in Gaetano Donizetti's Otto mesi in due ore at the Kärntnertortheater, Vienna. After an engagement at Berlin, where she sang Isabelle (Robert le diable) and Amina (La sonnambula), in 1841 she sang at Her Majesty's Theatre, London, as Alaide (La straniera), Donna Elvira and Elena (Marino Faliero). The same year she created the title role of Donizetti's Maria Padilla at La Scala. In 1844 she sang Elvira in the first performance of Ernani and in 1846 she created Odabella in Attila, both at La Fenice. She also sang Abigaille (Nabucco) and Giselda (I Lombardi) at Parma. In 1848 she retired. A forceful singer, she excelled in dramatic parts such as Norma and the soprano roles in Giuseppe Verdi's early operas.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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