Austrian Opera Singer
1847 – 1918 A.D.
Amalie Materna, an Austrian opera singer. Her début occurred in 1869, when she sang at the Imperial Opera in Vienna as Selika in L’Africaine.
She made such a favorable impression that Wagner chose her to create the rôle of Brunhida, and later the parts of Kundry in Parisifal.
She became one of the greatest sopranos of the early Wagnerian opera, and was for some years a favorite singer at the Metropolitan Opera house, New York City.
Mme. Materna retired in 1897.
Reference: Famous Women; An Outline of Feminine Achievement Through the Ages With Life Stories of Five Hundred Noted Women By Joseph Adelman. Copyright, 1926 by Ellis M. Lonow Company.