Lola Beeth (1861-1940).

  • Profession: Soprano
  • Relation to Mahler: Worked with Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) in the Vienna State Opera
  • Correspondence with Mahler: 
  • Born: 23-11-1861 Kraków (Krakau), Poland.
  • Died: 18-03-1940 Berlin, Germany Aged 79.
  • Buried: 00-00-0000 Unknown
  1. 1898 Opera Vienna 10-04-1898

Beeth was trained as a singer in Vienna, and based in that city for much of her career. She debuted as “Elsa” in Lohengrin at the Metropolitan Opera House, on December 2, 1895. She was a member of the Vienna Opera Company who had previous experience singing in Berlin and Paris. As early as the summer of 1892 Beeth appeared at the Vienna Court Opera as Juliet in a production of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette.

Her New York City performance was hampered by nervousness and having never sung the role in the Italian. Beeth sang an aria from La Juive (The Jewess) at the Metropolitan Opera House on January 11, 1896.

Beeth was named as a favorite pupil by Mathilde Marchesi, who tutored her in singing in Paris. After the release of her book, Marchesi and Music, Marchesi planned to visit the United States, but her intended tour was canceled.


Austrian operatic singer; born Nov. 23, 1862, at Cracow, Galicia. The daughter of a well-to-do merchant, she spent her youth in tranquil prosperity; but her father’s subsequent failure in business impelled her to earn her own livelihood. She had received a good musical education at home, but at first her work was confined to the piano. Her patroness, Princess Sapieha, discovered her talent for singing and acting; and her training in these branches was continued at the school for singing conducted by Marie Luise Düstmann at Vienna. One year’s instruction under Mme. Viardot Garcia at Paris brought her art to such a state of perfection that she was able to appear as Elsa in “Lohengrin” at the Berlin Royal Opera on March 25, 1882. Her great success secured her position at the German capital, where she remained for six years, appearing in not less than thirty-six rôles. On May 1, 1888, she connected herself with the Imperial Opera at Vienna, then directed by Jahn, and has since lived in that city.

Beeth’s favorite parts are the difficult rôles of the Wagnerian heroines—Elizabeth and Venus in “Tannhäuser,” Elsa in “Lohengrin,” Sieglinde in the “Walküre.” Though she herself testified to the keen appreciation of her Vienna audiences, she has not confined her performances to that city, but has appeared at Berlin, Leipsic, Paris, and New York; and everywhere her great gifts have made a brilliant impression.

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