Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jun 9, 2016

Julia Heinrich (Soprano) (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1880 - Hammond, Louisiana 1919, 18/9)

She was the daughter of the German baritone Max Heinrich (1853-1916). She studied under her father, who worked as a music teacher at an American college. Already in 1899 they sang together in Montreal. Then she came to Europe and was engaged in the 1910-1913 seasons by the Municipal Theater in Elberfeld. With this ensemble she guested in 1913 in Rotterdam as Sieglinde in ‘’Walküre’’. In the 1913-1915 seasons she was active at the Municipal Theater of Hamburg. Then she was engaged by the Metropolitan Opera in New York, she made her debut in 1915 as Gutrune in ‘’Götterdämmerung’’. Since 1916 she undertook concert tours in the USA. In 1919 she was asked to make vocal comparison tests, matching her live voice against her Edison recordings. She was killed at a train station in Louisiana by a locomotive, while her accompanist, Lucille Colette, who was standing nearby, was spared.

Chronology of some appearances

1910-1913 ElberfeldMunicipal Theater
1913-1915 Hamburg Municipal Theater
1915 New York Metropolitan Opera


Edison, New York 1915-07-14
Cid (Massenet): Pleurez, mes yeux 82098

Edison, New York 1915-10-11
Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt (Tchaikovsky) 82544

Edison, New York 1915-10-14
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Voi lo sapete unpubl

Edison, New York 1915-11-11
Forza del destino (Verdi): Madre pietosa vergine (w. chorus) BA 28226 4267-A

Edison, New York 1915-11-29
Messiah (Händel): I know that my Redeemer liveth 83042 4300-B

Edison, New York 1918-12-23
At parting (Rogers); A May morning (Denza) 82164 6522

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