Manski, Dorothée

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Manski, Dorothée

Manski, Dorothée, German-American soprano and teacher; b. Berlin, March 11, 1891; d. Atlanta, Feb. 24, 1967. She studied in Berlin, where she made her debut at the Komische Oper (1911); then sang in Mannheim (1914–20) and Stuttgart (1920–24). She was a member of the Berlin State Opera (1924–27); also sang in Max Reinhardts productions; then appeared as Isolde at the Salzburg Festival (1933) and the Vienna State Opera (1934). She made her Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as the Witch in Haänsel und Gretei on Nov. 5,1927, and remained on the company’s roster until 1941; also sang opera in Philadelphia, Chicago, and San Francisco, and appeared as a concert singer with leading European and U.S. orchs. She was prof. of voice at the Ind. Univ. School of Music in Bloomington (1941–65). Among her other roles were Sieglinde, Venus, Gutrune, Brünnhilde, Freia, and Elsa.

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