MINNA TUBE, Soprano / Mezzosoprano, * 05 June 1881 Metz, † 30 July 1964 Gauting;

18 Jan

She was the youngest child of a Protestant military senior pastor   owner  of family station in Metz, Poznan, Gdansk and Altenburg. At age eleven, she wanted to be a painter. At the age of nineteen, she spent thirteen months in a boarding school in Lausanne, Switzerland, where she made the acquaintance of Marguerite of Thüna, to the friend she was allowed to go to Weimar, in order to study painting in the women’s studio of Professor Frithjof Smith . In 1900 she emigrated to Munich, and continued her learning activities continued under Heinrich Knirr, later Landenberger. In the winter semester 1902/03, the Academy of Art opened in Weimar in the first places for women, where she enrolled as one of the first. There she met, twenty and a half years old, the two years younger Max Beckmann know. Study visits to Amsterdam, then in Berlin followed with Lovis Corinth. 1906 married the artist, and after years of struggle for power, he forbade her just before the marriage painting. On 31 August 1908 their son Peter was born. She then began taking singing lessons at Tilly Erlenmeyer in Berlin, and was first adapted for contralto, mezzo-soprano later. On the eve of World War Minna deepened her studies in Berlin and was the first concerts. During the war, she gave charity concerts, and later took a lack of funds to gain exposure to Elberfeld, where she debuted in October 1915 as “Venus in Tannhäuser” under Knappertsbusch (of her later said, “they had already been committed, when she entered the room). ” She then switched to the soprano, and sang Sieglinde in 1916, the Ring cycle. In 1916 she toured in Wuppertal as Agathe in “Der Freischütz”. In the season 1916/17 she was engaged at the Ducal Court Theatre in Dessau, where she was celebrated as high drama, and singing here Isolde in “Tristan and Isolde”, the Brünnhilde in “The Ring”, as well as Leonora in ” Fidelio “. In the season 1917/18 she was offered a contract to the New City Theater Chemnitz, and sang along with small roles as the First Lady in “The Magic Flute”, the Valentine in Meyerbeer’s “Les Huguenots,” Ortrud in “Lohengrin,” Senta ” The Flying Dutchman, “” Venus in Tannhäuser, “which Brünnhilde, the Leonore in” “Fidelio. In 1918 she went to the city of Graz Theatre, where she sang alongside Strauss (Marschallin in “Der Rosenkavalier”), Verdi, Puccini and Mozart, especially the Wagner games. She could the Wagner women a touch of humanity and charm to give. Seven years she spent at the Graz Opera, where she was very popular. From 1918 to 1923 she appeared mainly with the heroic tenor Alois Hadwiger and the alto Lydia Kindermann, and often sang under the baton of Karl Böhm and Clemens Krauss. Here she also sang the Venus on the side of Leo Slezak as “Tannhäuser”. During the postwar years, she picked up the brush and paint again. (Could it Beckmann Quappi von Kaulbach marry) the couple had grown apart, read the beginning of the year is finally divorced in 1925, but remained in engverbundenem corresponded frequently to Beckmann’s death. Beckmann as she left, brought the singer could not speak more, she never sang again. In the summer of this year, they acknowledged their involvement in Graz. She returned to Berlin, the former joint home in Hermsdorf (whose architecture they designed in 1906), which was awarded to her after the divorce. She lived there again for almost twenty years, where she painted, wrote letters and went for a walk. The second half of her life was spent in silence. In February 1945, she fled for fear of the Russians to Gauting in Upper Bavaria to her son Peter, who was now working there as a doctor. When she visited her old apartment back, her early work was lost and many of the letters that Beckmann wrote her over nearly forty years, had disappeared. A few months after the death of the painter, she founded together with friends a “Max Beckmann society” that has existed for over thirty years. She struggled to her death for the recognition and exploration of his art, in part on the side of Beckmann’s second wife Quappi.

Unfortunately, the artist has left no recording of her voice.

as Isolde Graz Mar. 1921

as Brünnhilde Graz

as Brünnhilde Graz

as Brünnhilde (Collection G&K)

as Marschallin Graz

as Marschallin Graz

Wedding with Max Beckmann Berlin 1906

at Home Berlin 1908

Portrait Firenze 1906


Portrait Dec. 1917

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