Spies, Hermine

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Spies, Hermine

Spies, Hermine, eminent German contralto; b. Lohneberger Hutte, near Weilburg, Feb. 25, 1857; d. Wiesbaden, Feb. 26, 1893. She was a pupil of Stock-hausen in Frankfurt am Main, and in 1883 began to give song recitals in Germany. In 1889 she made an appearance in England with excellent success; also sang in Austria, Denmark, and Russia. She excelled as an interpreter of songs by Brahms, who had a high regard for her.


M. Spies, H. S.: Ein Gedenkbuch für ihre Freunde (Stuttgart, 1894).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire