Brandt, Marianne


A brilliant Austrian operatic-singer of both soprano and mezzosoprano parts. Her real name is Marie Bischof. She was born in Vienna, and studied in that city under Frau Marschner, later being a pupil of Madame Viardot. She made her debut at Gratz, in 1867, as Rachel in La Juive. She  appeared in Hamburg and in Berlin, was immediately successful and was engaged for a number of years at the Court Opera. In 1882 she sang in German Opera in London, her singing of the part of Brangane in Tristan und Isolde, being very enthusiastically received, as well as her interpretation of Fidelio. At the second performance at Bayreuth, of Parsifal, July, 1882, Marianne Brandt sang the role of Kundry, alternating with Materna, creator of the part. She visited New York in 1886, appeared several seasons here in German Opera, and in 1890 settled in Vienna as a teacher of singing.