Sophie Traubmann (1867-1951).

  • Profession: Soprano.
  • Relation to Mahler: Worked with Gustav Mahler.
  • Correspondence with Mahler:
  • Born: 17-05-1867 New York, America.
  • Died: 16-08-1951 New York, America.
  • Buried: Unknown.
  1. 1892 Concert London 29-06-1892.
  2. 1895 Concert Hamburg 12-04-1895.

The daughter of immigrants from Prague, she won a scholarship to the National School of Music, New York, where she studied with Fursch-Madi. She was among the first American-born singers to have trained solely in the USA, though later, as an established artist, she pursued studies in Europe with Mathilde Marchesi and Cosima Wagner.

Coached by Marchesi, Viardot, and Cosima Wagner for Wagnerian roles. She secured a scholarship at the National School of Opera after she gave a concert, at the age of eighteen, in old Steinway Hall in New York. She made her debut with that company at the NY Academy of Music as Venus. First American Woglinde, and Margiana (Barbier von Bagdad). She appeared at the Metropolitan Opera for three seasons beginning in 1887-88. She also sang in Cologne, Munich, Vienna, Altona, Covent Garden, and Hamburg.

They still keep saying that Sophie Traubmann is 21 years old. She was about of that age when she was in the National Opera Company in 1886. She is promising, though, and when she is 22 she may be a great singer (Brooklyn Eagle, 19 Jan 1890).

159 performances at the New York Metropolitan Opera (MET) between 18-01-1888 and 09-03-1902.

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