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DOROTHEE MANSKI, Soprano, * 11 March 1895 New York (according to other sources 11 March 1891 Berlin), † 24 February 1967 Atlanta City (Georgia);

29 Aug

She began her career with an engagement at the Berlin Court Opera in the 1913-1914 season. There she sang inter alia the Tebaldo in Verdi’s “Don Carlos” and the first Scarce at the Berlin premiere of “Parsifal” (1914). In 1914-1919, she joined the National Theatre of Mannheim (including 1917 in the world premiere of “Sharazade” by Bernhard Sekles in the title role), 1919-1921 at the State Opera of Stuttgart.In  1922-1926 she was engaged at the Berlin State Opera. In 1927 she accepted a position at the Metropolitan Opera New York (first role: Witch in “Hansel and Gretel” by Humperdinck). She went to the Metropolitan Opera in the long period from 1927 to 1941 on in smaller soprano-like mezzo-soprano roles, as well as Elsa in “Lohengrin”, as Venus in “Tannhauser”, as Ortrud in “Lohengrin”, as Gutrune in »Twilight of the Gods “, as Chrysothemis in” Elektra “by Richard Strauss, as Herodias in its”. Salome “, as Giulietta in” tales of Hoffmann “and as Marianne Leitmetzerin in” Rosenkavalier “In 1933, she replaced Frida Leider as Brünnhilde in “Valkyrie”. Their great game remained the witch in “Hansel and Gretel”. 1930, 1935 and 1936, she was at the opera in San Francisco as a guest in 1938 at the Opera House of Chicago. At the festivals of Salzburg 1933-1934 she sang Isolde in “Tristan” by Bruno Walter, 1934, she appeared as a guest at the Vienna State Opera. Since 1942 she worked as a professor at Indiana University in Bloomington, where she also resides. Among her pupils was the soprano Felicia Weathers. She was married to the Swedish music critic Walter Brandon, her daughter Inge Manski was a successful singer.
Numerous recordings of the Vox brand, HMV, Tri-Ergon, private recordings from the Metropolitan Opera, etc. on EJS “Rheingold.”

as Isolde Salzburg 1933 (by courtesy of Peter Giljum)

 

as Isolde with Rünger Salzburg 1933 (by courtesy of Peter Giljum)

 

as Isolde with Grahl, Manowarda and Rünger Salzburg 1933 (by courtesy of Peter Giljum)

 

as Isolde with Grahl, Manowarda and Rünger Salzburg 1933 (by courtesy of Peter Giljum)

 

as Isolde with Grahl Salzburg 1933 (by courtesy of Peter Giljum)

as Isolde with Grahl Salzburg 1933 (by courtesy of Peter Giljum)

 

as Isolde with Grahl, Manowarda and Rünger Salzburg 1933 (by courtesy of Peter Giljum)

 

as Walküre with Schorr and Flagstad San Francisco 1935

as Herodias with Ljungberg and Lorenz MET 1934

as Herodias Close-Up MET 1934

as Witch MET 1931

as Witch with Team “Hänsel und Gretel” MET 1931

with Friends

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