Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Aug 17, 2016

Mary von Ernst (Soprano) (25. Januar 1888 Saarburg, † 7. August 1949 Herrenalb-Gaistal)

She was born Mary Rudy. Under her real name she made her debut in 1906 at the Court Theater of Coburg, after she had been in Paris a pupil of the famous pedagogue Mathilde Marchesi de Castrone. In the 1907-1909 seasons she belonged to the ensemble of the Municipal Theater of Plauen, then sang during a season at the Municipal Theater in Bremen and in the 1910-1913 seasons she appeared at the Municipal Theater of Basel. In 1913 she was engaged by the Court Theater in Karlsruhe, where she performed with great success till 1932. She sang there among other things in the premiere of the opera ‘’Die Rauhensteiner Hochzeit’’ of Hermann von Waltershausen (1919). Her repertoire included the Queen of the night in ‘’Zauberflöte’’, Donna Anna in ‘’Don Giovanni’’, Susanna in ‘’Figaros Hochzei’’t, Constance in ‘’Entführung aus dem Serail’’, Martha, Leonore in ‘’Alessandro Stradella’’, Mrs. Fluth in ‘’Lustigen Weibern von Windsor’’, Zerbinetta in ‘’Ariadne auf Naxos’’, Gilda in ‘’Rigoletto’’, Violetta in ‘’La Traviata’’, Alice in ‘’Falstaff’’, Musetta and Mimi in ‘’La Bohème’’, Anna in ‘’La Dame blanche’’, Rosina in ‘’Barbiere di Siviglia’’, Olympia in ‘’Les contes d'Hoffmann’’ and Philine in ‘’Mignon’’. She made successful guest appearances at the State Operas of Berlin, Munich, Dresden and Stuttgart, also at the Opera Houses of Zurich (1917) and Cologne and at the Municipal Theater of Bremen. Later she taught singing in Karlsruhe. Soprano Elisabeth Friedrich belonged to her pupils. 

Chronology of some appearances

1906 Coburg Court Theater 
1907-1909 Plauen Municipal Theater 
1910-1913 Basel Municipal Theater
1913-1932 Karlsruhe Court Theater


Vox, Berlin 1922-12?
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti): Schwör als Gattin mir ewige Treue 02103 856A   
Contes d'Hoffmann (Offenbach): Sie entfloh, die Taube so minnig 02103 857A 

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