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Her real name was Catharina Dorothea Sewing.She studied
singing at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam under Mme Collin-Tobisch and Johannes
Messchaert, then with Knudson in Berlin. In 1890 she made her debut at the
Dutch Opera as Maritana in ‘’Don César de Bazan’’ of Massenet. She remained the
real prima donna of this opera house till 1898. In the 1898-1901 seasons she
sang at the Court Theater in Hannover. In 1901 she appeared at the Theater des
Westens in Berlin as Queen of the night in ‘’Zauberflöte’’. In 1901 she joined
again to the Dutch Opera and it broke her 5-annual contract with Hannover. In the
1903-1904 season she worked at the Opera of Antwerp, then till 1915 at
different Dutch opera societies. She was married the opera manager Henri
Engelen. In the 1915-1939 years she taught singing in Antwerp, however, came
back in 1939 to Holland. At the age of 74 she again gave a concert in Amsterdam.
Up to her 80-th she was an active member of the music choir in Amsterdam.