Schick, Margaret Luise



German soprano singer; born at Mayence, the daughter of a bassoonplayer of that place. She studied with Steffani at Würzburg and with Hellmuth and Raghini at Mayence. She married Ernest Schick, the leader of the Court Orchestra, in 1791, and made her debut the following year at Mayence, then went to Hamburg and shortly afterward to Berlin, where she was appointed chamber-singer, remaining there till her death. Frau Schick was highly esteemed in her day as an artist of great gifts, second only to Mara, and especially successful as an interpreter of Gluck's operas. She also had striking success in the works of Salieri, Mozart and Martini. Her favorite roles were Susanna in the Marriage of Figaro and Zerlina in Don Giovanni. From 1794 Frau Schick sang at the Royal Opera, Berlin, with much success.