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Reicher-Kindermann, Hedwig

Reicher-Kindermann, Hedwig

Reicher-Kindermann, Hedwig , esteemed German soprano; b. Munich, July 15, 1853; d. Trieste, June 2, 1883. She was a daughter of the baritone August Kindermann (b. Potsdam, Feb. 6, 1817; d. Munich, March 6, 1891). She began her career as a contralto but later sang soprano. She first sang in the chorus of the Munich Court Opera (1870–71), making her debut at Karlsruhe in 1871. She appeared in Berlin (1874) and Munich (1875), and also sang at the opening of Bayreuth in 1876; then sang in Hamburg (1877) and Vienna (1878). The impresario Neumann engaged her for his Wagner troupe in Leipzig from 1880, and she successfully performed the roles of Fricka, Isolde, Brünnhilde, Wal-traute, and Erda. She was married to the playwright Emanuel Reicher, and adopted the hyphenated name Reicher-Kindermann in her professional activities. Her early death was lamented.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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