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Sontag, Henriette

Sontag, Henriette [ Walburgis, Gertrude] (b Koblenz, 1806; d Mexico City, 1854). Ger. soprano. First public appearance at age 6. Opera début Prague Cons. 1821 (Princess in Boieldieu's Jean de Paris). Sang in Vienna from 1822. At Weber's request created title-role in Euryanthe, 1823. Sang sop. part in f.p. of Beethoven's 9th Sym. (Vienna 1824) and f. Vienna p. of Missa solemnis (1824). Berlin début 1825; Paris 1826; London 1828. Her voice was exceptionally clear and reached E in alt with ease. Retired from stage on marriage to Count Rossi, but continued concert work. Returned to opera 1849. Died of cholera in Mexico.

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Sontag, Henriette

Henriette Sontag (hĕnrēĕt´ə zôn´täk), later Contessa Rossi (kôntĕs´sä rôs´sē), 1806–54, German operatic soprano, studied at the Prague Conservatory. In Vienna in 1823 she created the leading role in Weber's Euryanthe and in 1824 was soprano soloist in the premieres of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Missa Solemnis. She made triumphant debuts in Berlin (1825), Paris (1826), and London (1828). After her marriage to a Sardinian ambassador, Conte Rossi, she left the stage in 1830 at the height of her success. In 1849 she resumed her career and in 1852 sang in the United States.

See biography by F. Russell (1964).

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