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Cottrelly, Mathilde

Brenda Murphy

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/anb/9780198606697.article.1801569

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Cottrelly, Mathilde (17 February 1851–15 June 1933), actress, was born in Hamburg, Germany, the daughter of August W. Meyer, conductor of the Hamburg State Opera Company, and Johanna Guilden. Cottrelly’s 66-year career as a performer began at the age of eight, when she had her stage debut in Hamburg, and embraced the genres of light opera, circus, vaudeville, and drama. Born into a family that was prominent in the German opera, Cottrelly was taught at home by her father and largely raised, after her mother’s death, by her older sister, Clementina Meyer, who was an actress. She emerged as a child prodigy, playing leading parts in touring companies throughout Europe by the time she was fourteen. When she was sixteen, she began singing coloratura soprano in light operas, such as Donizetti’s ...

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Subjects: Theatre

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