Mallinger, Mathilda



Opera-singer and teacher, who has been a great public favorite at Berlin. She was born in Agram, in Croatia, and received her first music lessons from her father, a music-teacher there. She then studied with Professor Lichtenegger, with Gordigiani and Vogl at the Prague Conservatory, which she attended from 1863 to 1866, and with Richard Lewy at Vienna. Lachner helped her to get a position at Munich, and she made her debut as Norma in 1866. In 1868 she created the part of Eva in Die Meistersinger, and in 1869 was engaged for the Court Opera at Berlin, where she appeared as Elsa and Norma, and where her popularity began. She married Baron Schimmelpfennig von der Oye and stayed at Berlin until 1882. She also sang at Munich, Vienna, St. Petersburg and Moscow. Her best known roles are Fidelio, Jessonda, Leonora, in Trovatore; and Susanna. In 1890 she taught at the Prague Conservatory, and in 1895 became an instructor at the Eichelberg Conservatory at Berlin.