- Category : 1895-births
- Type : ME
- Profile : 2/4 - Hermit / Opportunist
- Definition : Split - Small (11,23)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Consciousness 3
German opera singer with a spinto soprano voice, notable for her flawless management of register breaks, resulting in a seamless stream of tone from top to bottom. Her voice has a very rich, enveloping sound, discernable even despite the limitations of the extant acoustic recordings.
On the international scene, she sang at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City in 1923, as Elisabeth in Tannhäuser and Eva in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, as Agathe in Der Freischütz in 1926, and at the Royal Opera House in London in 1929, as Eva, Elsa in Lohengrin and Sieglinde in Die Walküre.
Besides the great Wagner heroines, she also played an important role in the renaissance of Verdi's operas in Germany, winning considerable acclaim as Leonora in La forza del destino, Elisabeth de Valois in Don Carlos, and the title role in Aida. She was also admired as Marguerite in Faust, Maddalena in Andrea Chénier, and the title role in Tosca. She took part in the creation of Ferruccio Busoni's Doktor Faust in Dresden in 1925.
One of the greatest German singers of her generation, her career was cut short when she died of leukemia in Dresden, on 19 August 1929, a few weeks short of her 34th birthday.