Johanna Gadski

Johanna GadskiJohanna Gadski was born at Stettin, June, 15, 1871, and commenced to study singing in her tenth year with Mme. Schroeder-Chalupka, one of the most famous singers and teachers of the day.

Johanna Gadski made her operatic debut at Kroll’s Theater, Berlin, where she appeared as Undine in Lortzing’s opera of that name.

Her success was so great that she was immediately engaged for the next season, and remained at the theater until 1893.

In the following year she toured through the principal cities of Germany and Holland, and made her first appearance at the Royal Opera House, in Berlin.

It was there that Walter Damrosch heard her and made her an offer to come to the United States.

She made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, March 1, 1895, as Elsa in Lohengrin, and was for two more seasons with the Damrosch-Ellis company.

In 1898 Johanna Gadski became a member of the Grau Opera Company, at New York, and upon the retirement of Maurice Grau, in 1903, she went to the Metropolitan Opera House.

She appeared at Covent Garden, London, with great success, and in 1899 sang the part of Eva in Die Meistersinger at Bayreuth.

In 1904 and forward she was chiefly engaged in concert work and had notable success.

She became known as one of the foremost singers of Wagner opera.

Johanna Gadski died February 22, 1932, in Berlin, Germany.