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Berta FOERSTEROVÁ-LAUTEREROVÁ

(*11.1.1869, Prague - ✝9.4.1936, Prague)

Czech opera singer - soprano

She was the wife of composer Josef Bohuslav Foerster.

She studied singing in Prague from her children's years, and between 1883 to 1887, she studied at the Prague Conservatory.

In 1887, she made her debut at the National Theatre in Prague as Agata in Weber's Der Freischütz. She was engaged here until 1893. In 1888, she was the first Desdemona in the Czech premiere of Verdi's Otello, Tatiana in Czech premiere of Tchaikovsky Eugen Onegin where was composer in attendance.

She sang most of soprano roles of the Czech repertoire at the National Theatre (Smetana, Dvořák; Foerster's Debora). From 1893 she was engaged in Hamburg, where she cooperated with Gustav Mahler. In 1901, Mahler engaged her to the Court Opera in Vienna, where she finished her career in 1913. From 1918, she lived in Prague where she often still held concerts. Her repertoire included almost 50 roles (including the Wagnerian roles of Venus and Elisabeth in Tannhäuser, Elsa in Lohengrin, Eva in Masters Singers from Norimberg.

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