Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jun 29, 2016

Fanchette Verhunk (Soprano) (1874 Ljubljana, Slovenia † Golnik, Slovenia 1944)


She was a pupil of pedagogues J. Gänsbacher and Mancio in Vienna. In the 1897-1898 season she appeared at the Municipal Theater of Posen (Poznan) and was engaged in 1898 by the Opera House of Wroclaw, where she had a successful career. In 1901 she sang at the Bayreuth festival as Freia in "Rheingold". In 1903 she guested very successfully at the Vienna Court Opera in the title parts in A. Thoma’s ‘’Mignon’’ and ‘’Louise’’ of G. Charpentier. In 1901 she appeared at the Court Opera of Dresden, in 1902 at the Munich Court Opera. In 1907 she sang at the Vienna People's Opera the title part in ‘’Salome’’ by R. Strauss. Also she made guest appearances in Amsterdam and Budapest. In Wroclaw, where she was highly appreciated by the audience, in 1916 she gave a recital and retired from the stag in 1917. Since that time she worked as a pedagogue in Wroclaw. She was married the conductor Julius Prüwer (1874-1943), who was active after 1933 as a conductor of the orchestra of the Jewish cultural alliance in Berlin. In 1938 she lived in Frankfurt a. M., but returned to the Yugoslavia, where she and died in 1944.

Chronology of some appearances

1897-1898 Posen Municipal Theater
1898 Wroclaw Opera House
1901 Bayreuth festival
1901 Dresden Court Opera
1902 Munich Court Opera
1903 Vienna Court Opera
1907 Vienna People's Opera


Gramophone, Breslau 1908-02/03
Mignon (Thomas): Kennst du das Land? 2-43087  12434u
Contes d'Hoffmann (Offenbach): Schöne Nacht (Barcarole) with Neisch 2-44358  12435u

Odeon, Berlin 1911-05?
Aida (Verdi): Bald kommt Radamès X99533
Carmen (Bizet): Wenn dir die Karten einmal bitt'res X99528  xB4907

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