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(b Rimászombat, Galicia [now Rimavská Sobota, Slovakia], 17 Dec 1841; d Vienna, 15 March 1926). Hungarian soprano. She studied with Pauline Viardot at Baden-Baden, and made her début in 1865 at the Royal Opera House, Berlin, as Amina in La sonnambula. In 1866 she sang at Covent Garden in La traviata, Lucia di Lammermoor and Friedrich Flotow's Martha. Leaving Berlin, she sang in Leipzig, Dresden, Hanover and other cities. In 1872 she appeared in Vienna and the following year in Munich, where she sang Leonora (Il trovatore), Amina, and Valentine (Les Huguenots). Her repertory also included Agathe (Der Freischütz) and Marguerite (Faust). In 1879 she retired from the stage, but continued to sing in concert until 1886, after which she taught at the Leipzig Conservatory, becoming the first female professor at that establishment. In 1914 she moved to Vienna. She had style and great technical proficiency, especially in coloratura.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

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