Brandt, Marianne (real name, Marie Bischoff)

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Brandt, Marianne (real name, Marie Bischoff)

Brandt, Marianne (real name, Marie Bischoff) Austrian contralto; b. Vienna, Sept. 12, 1842; d. there, July 9, 1921. She studied voice in Vienna, and later with Pauline Viardot-Garcia in Baden-Baden (1869–70). She made her debut as Rachel in La Juive in Olmütz on Jan. 4, 1867, then sang in Hamburg and at the Berlin Royal Opera (1868–82). In 1872 she appeared in London. She made her American debut as Leonore at the Metropolitan Opera in N.Y. on Nov. 19, 1884, and remained on its staff until 1888; also sang Italian roles in operas by Verdi and Meyerbeer. In 1890 she settled in Vienna as a singing teacher.

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