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Cottrelly [Meyer], Mathilde

John Koegel

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print November 2013 |
Published online October 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(b, Feb 7, 1851; d Tuckertown, NJ, June 15, 1933). Operetta singer, actress, and theatrical manager of German birth. She first performed in comic opera at age 16 in Germany, where she also appeared on the variety stage. After stints with various German and Russian theatrical companies and circuses, Cottrelly immigrated to the United States in 1875, appearing at Adolf Neuendorff’s German-language Germania Theater in New York on 5 October 1875. She appeared very successfully in German dramatic, comic, and musical roles under Neuendorff until 1879, and later served as the artistic director of the German Thalia Theater in New York (1879–81). She then moved to the English-language stage, and appeared throughout the 1880s with the McCaull Comic Opera Company, singing leading operetta roles by Strauss, Millöcker, Planquette, and others. She also performed with Rudolf Aronson’s company at the Casino Theater in New York, opening the house in ...

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Subjects: Romantic Music

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