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Open Features: Wilhelmine Schroder Devrient

Peter Wintersgill outlines the career of Wilhelmine Schroder Devrient who made her 0pera debut in Vienna 1821 as Pamima in Die Zauberflote.

Born
6th. December 1804 in Hamburg.

Adolescence
Studied with her parents. Began career as actress.

Adult life
Opera debut in Vienna 1821 as Pamima in Die Zauberflote Sang Leonore in Fidelio in the presence of Beethoven Vienna 1822, after which she never looked back. Debuts in Dresden 1823,Paris 1830, London 1832. Her singing impressed Wagner so much he decided to create a new kind of opera.

She created the roles of Adriano in Reinzi (1842), Santa in Die Flieglende Holander (1843) and Venus in Tannhauser( 1845) She also excelled as Donna Anna,Euryanthe, Norma and Rossini's Desdemona. Despite a certain vocal deficiency, she influenced the course of German Romantic Opera.
She died 26th. January 1860 in Coburg aged 55.

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