Etelka GersterEtelka Gerster
Hungarian Singer
1855 – 1922 A.D.

Etelka Gerster, a Hungarian Singer, who studied with Mme. Marchesi, and made her d├ębut at Venice as Gilda, with great success in January 1876. The following year she married her director Pietro Gardini, and after a tour of Europe, visited the United States, singing at the Academy of Music, New York, in 1878, 1883 and 1887. Three years later when she re-appeared in London, her vocal powers had became impaired, and she retired from public life.

Mme. Gerster was one of the favorite prima donnas at the Old Academy of Music – she had a voice of exquisite beauty, and was an artist of extraordinary vocal and dramatic genius.


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.