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Marie Wilt by Knizeks

Marie Wilt by Knizeks
(Marie Liebenthaler)
30 January 1833 – 24 September 1891
Austrian soprano.

She joined the Wiener Singakademie in 1858 and drew the attention of its director, Johann von Herbeck, who gave her solos in the oratorios and other large works the ensemble performed. Under Herbeck's persuasion and the influence of Belgian soprano Désirée Artôt she began to study singing with Joseph Gänsbacher. She made her debut in 1865 as Donna Anna in Mozart's "Don Giovanni". in Graz. She was a friend of Johannes Brahms and sang his compositions. From 1867 until 1877 she was employed at the Vienna Court Opera where she created the role of Sulamith in Goldmark's “Die Königin von Saba" in 1875.While singing with the Vienna Hofoper, she also traveled periodically throughout Europe to appear as a guest artist in numerous operas and concerts. She retired from the stage in 1890.
Wilt sang a wide repertoire that encompassed the operas of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the German operas of Richard Wagner, the grand operas of Giuseppe Verdi, and the bel canto operas of Bellini, Rossini, and Donizetti