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Mathilde Bauermeister Suggest updates

Born Hamburg, 1849.

Died Herne Bay, 15 October 1926.

German, later British, soprano.

Mathilde Bauermeister had an extensive career generally singing character roles rather than the major starring parts. Her Covent Garden appearances lasted nearly forty years, and she also worked extensively with Mapleson and for a while at the New York Met.

She studied in London at the Royal Academy of Music with the support of Therese Tietjens, and made her first appearance in 1866 at Dublin. Her Covent Garden debut in 1868 was as Siébel in Faust. Her repertoire extended to nearly 100 parts covering a wide range. These included Ännchen in Der Freischütz, Magdalene in Die Meistersinger and Mamma Lucia in Cavalleria Rusticana. She worked at Covent Garden every season between 1885 and her retirement in 1905. She made 16 trips to the USA, either with Mapleson's company or as a member of the company at the Met.

Roles in Scotland

Giovanna Gilda's duenna
Rigoletto 1869
Third Lady in attendance on the Queen
Zauberflöte 1869
Alisa Ailsa, Lucy's companion
Lucia di Lammermoor 1873
Mermaid
Oberon 1873
Inez confidante of Leonora
Trovatore 1873
Trovatore 1874
First Bridesmaid
Freischütz 1873
Inès Léonor's confidante
Favorite 1873
Papagena disguised as an old woman
Zauberflöte 1873
Marcellina Bartolo's housekeeper
Nozze di Figaro 1874
First Boy
Zauberflöte 1874
First Maid of Honour
Huguenots 1874
Siébel a student of Dr Faust, in love with Marguerite
Faust 1878
Cherubino the Count's page
Nozze di Figaro 1878
Magdalene Eva's nurse
Mastersingers of Nuremberg 1894
Amor
Orfeo ed Euridice 1894

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