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Open Features: Marie Brema

Peter Wintersgill brings details of Marie Brema, an opera star who mainly sang Wagner roles.

Father
German, born in Bremen.

Mother
American.

Adult life
Married in 1874. Studied with Henschel 1890. Oxford debut in Adriana Leonvieur, London debut as Lola at first English performance of Cavaleria Rusticana. Sang Ostrad in Lohengrin Bayreuth 1894.

Sang mainly Wagner roles, including Fricha in The Ring, Kundry in Parsifal. American tour 1894, singing mainly Wagner roles. Paris debut 1902 as Brunnhilde in Gotterdamerung. Created the part of the Angel in Gerontius 1900. Sang Gluck's Orpheus at the Savoy in 1910.

From 1913 till her death was Professor of Singing at Royal Manchester College of Music.

She died 22nd March, 1925, in Manchester aged 69.

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