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Marie Waldmann by Mondel & Jacob

Marie Waldmann by Mondel & Jacob
Marie/Maria Waldmann (1842-1920); Austrian mezzo-soprano.

She made her debut in 1865 at St. Petersburg as Pierotto in Donizetti’s “Linda di Chamounix”. In the following years she performed at Wiesbaden, Amsterdam and Triëst. In the season 1869/70 she was engaged by the Italian Opera in Moscow. In 1871 she joined La Scala in Milan, where in 1872 she appeared as Amneris in the first Italian performance of “Aïda”. In 1873-76 she performed at the Opera of Cairo.
In 1874 she sang the solo “Liber scriptus” at the première of Verdi’s “Requiem” at the San Marco Church in Milan.The occasion was the first anniversary of the death of the Milanese poet and novelist Alessandro Manzoni, who was commemorated in the church by the first performance of Verdi's “Requiem”, written in his honour. Three days after, she performed the Requiem at La Scala and in 1875 also in London and Vienna as well as in Paris in 1876. Because of her marriage with the Duke Galeazzo Massari she retired from the stage very early (1878). She is also known for maintaining an almost 30 years correspondence with Verdi. The letters of Verdi to her are published in the book “Il Maestro e la cantante”.