Marie Gutheil-Schoder (1874-1935).

  • Profession: Soprano.
  • Residences: Weimar, Vienna
  • Relation to Mahler: Love affair likely, worked with Gustav Mahler.
  • Correspondence with Mahler:
  • Born: 16-02-1874 Weimar, Germany.
  • Died: 04-10-1935 Ilmenau, Germany. Aged 61.
  • Buried: Weimar cemetery. Her gravestone is removed during the DDR-period. Main cemetery (?)
  1. 1905 Concert Vienna 03-02-1905 – Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Kindertotenlieder, Ruckert-Lieder.

Marie Gutheil-Schoder was one of the most important German sopranos of her day. Born Marie Schoder in Weimar, she married Gustav Gutheil in 1899, with whom she lived until his death in 1914. Marie Gutheil-Schoder was married with the bandmaster Gustav Gutheil and with the photographer Franz Xaver Setzer. Also: Marie Schoder.

She debuted in the secondary role of the First Lady at the Weimar Court Opera in The Magic Flute in her native city of Weimar in 1891. Gustav Mahler engaged her for the Vienna State Opera in 1900, where she remained until 1926.

Marie Gutheil-Schoder (1874-1935) in her Viennese home, 1901.

She appeared at the Royal Opera House as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier in 1913. One of her famous roles was her portrayal of a “strange, Nietzschean” Carmen. She was seen in the 1914 Vienna premiere of Richard Strauss’s ballet, Josephslegende as Potiphar’s Wife. She created Esmeralda in the world premiere of Franz Schmidt’s opera Notre Dame in the same year.

Gutheil-Schoder created the fiercely difficult single role of Arnold Schoenberg’s monodrama Erwartung in 1924 in Prague; earlier that year, she performed his Pierrot lunaire. Mahler termed her “a musical genius,” and she was highly regarded as a musician and singing-actress, although she seemed to be, as one Viennese critic wrote, “the singer without a voice.” In her later career, she became a stage director of opera. She was a well-known pedagogue as well, one of her students being the mezzo-soprano Risë Stevens. She died at the age of 61, in Ilmenau, Germany.

Marie Gutheil-Schoder (1874-1935) grave stone. Designed by Thilo Schoder for his parents and sister. Thilo was a well known architect who fled to Norway in the 30’s. The gravestone is destroyed during the DDR-period.


  • In 1902, she recorded for Gramophone & Typewriter Company Records, in Vienna: Two excerpts from Carmen, an aria from The Merry Wives of Windsor, and duets from La dame blanche and Les contes d’Hoffmann were performed.
  • In 2004, Symposium Records issued a Compact Disc entitled Vienna – The Mahler Years. Included are the two duets Gutheil-Schoder recorded (with Franz Naval (de)), along with recordings by Selma Kurz, Leo Slezak, Erik Schmedes, Lilli Lehmann, etc.

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