Tietjens, Therese Johanne Alexandra

1831-1877

 

Soprano, who occupied a high place in the estimation of the British public, before whom she sang for years. Born at Hamburg, of Hungarian parentage. From early childhood her beautiful voice was trained for singing in opera, and when only eighteen she appeared as Lucrezia Borgia at the Hamburg Opera, scoring an immediate success. She sang next at Frankfort, and in 1856 filled an engagement with the Vienna Court Opera. Mr. Lumly engaged her for his last season at Her Majesty's in 1858, and her London debut there as Valentine in Les Huguenots was a tremendous success. She settled in London and continued to sing at Her Majesty's during the successive managements of Mr. E. T. Smith and Colonel Mapleson, and after the theatre was burned in 1867 she sang with Mapleson's Company at Drury Lane. She sang at Covent Garden during the 'joint management of Mapleson and Gye in 1869 and 1870 and in Drury Lane in 1871. In 1876 she came to the United States, and died the following year. Not only in opera was she well known but in oratorio as well she enjoyed a deserved popularity. Her soprano voice had the velvety softness and richness of a mezzosoprano and was well suited to dramatic religious music. Her acting was earnest and intelligent. She was majestic and dignified and well suited to the heavier operatic roles, although she undertook the lighter ones as well, and rendered every piece in her repertory with painstaking care. Her conscientiousness and kindliness made her a great favorite with the public. Among the many roles in which she appeared may be mentioned Semiramide; Amalia in Un Ballo en Maschera; Fides; Fidelio; Lucia; Margherita; Medea; Norma; Iphigenia in Tauris; and Ortrud in Lohengrin.