Sontag, Henriette

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Sontag, Henriette Gender: F
Gertrude Walpurgis Sontag
born on 3 January 1806 at 06:00 (= 06:00 AM )
Place Koblenz, Germany, 50n21, 7e35
Timezone LMT m7e35 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Muller
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 12°15' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 17°10 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 13°37'

Henriette Sontag (Portrait as Donna Anna by Paul Delaroche, 1831)


German operatic soprano of great international renown. She possessed a sweet-toned, lyrical voice and was a brilliant exponent of florid singing.

She made her début at the age of 15. In 1823 she sang at Leipzig in Carl Maria von Weber's Der Freischütz and in December of that year created the title role in his Euryanthe. Her success was immediate, and in 1824 she went to the Königstädter Theater, Berlin.

She was invited to be the soprano soloist in the first performances of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 and Missa Solemnis on 7 May 1824; she was only 18 years old at the time.

Two years later, she sang the part of Rosina in Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia, in which her charming personality and fleet coloratura skills granted her a distinct triumph over the reigning diva, Angelica Catalani.

In 1827, she was engaged at the Paris Italian Opera, and a year later married Count Carlo Rossi. She subsequently performed at all the major musical centres of Europe, and in 1852 visited the United States where, among other engagements, she performed in a concert with the violinist Camilla Urso.

She was hired by the Italian Opera in Mexico City, where on 17 May 1854, she intoned for the first time the words of the Mexican national anthem, written by poet Francisco González Bocanegra. One month later, she was stricken with cholera and died on 17 June 1854 at the age of 48.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Relationship : Marriage 1828 (Count Carlo Rossi)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield submitted an article from Rheinische-Musik-Zeitung für Kunstfreunde und Künstler, Nr. 89, 13 March 1852, p. 705: "Henriette Gertrude Walpurgis Sontag ist den 3. Januar 1806, Morgens 6 Uhr zu Koblenz in dem Hause des Hof Conditors Mosler (Lessmamfs Haus) geboren; ihr Vater Franz Sontag war damals 23 Jahre, und ihre Mutter Franciska,) geb. Marcklof, 20 Jahre alt."

Arno Muller vol 3


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Other Major diseases (Cholera)
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/Opera (Soprano)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession