Dorothea Wendling

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Dorothea Wendling

Maria Dorothea Wendling-Spurni or Wendling , b. Spurni (born March 21, 1736 in Stuttgart , † August 20, 1811 in Munich ) was a German opera singer ( soprano ).


Wendling was one of the most famous opera singers of her time. During her time at the court theater in Mannheim from 1752, she was one of the prima donnas there from the 1760s and married the composer and flautist Johann Baptist Wendling in 1756 . Their daughter Elisabeth Augusta , "Gustl", also came from their marriage and later became a singer. In 1778 she moved to Munich together with him and many other musicians as part of Elector Karl Theodor's change of residence . Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote the recitative and aria Basta, vincesti / Ah, non lasciarmi for soprano and orchestra ( KV 295a) especially for Dorothea Wendling, who played the role of Ilia in Idomeneo 1781:

"... yesterday I scizirted the aria I promised her at Wendling; with a short recitative. She asked for the words herself, from the Didone: ah non lasciarmi nò. She and her daughter are very foolish about this aria ... "

- WA Mozart : Quote from the letter to his father of February 28, 1778.

During her time as a court singer at the Cuvilliés Theater in Munich, she gave singing lessons to many well-known singers of the time, including Katharina Lang , Elisabeth Carnoli and probably Franziska Lebrun .

Individual evidence

  1. Karl-Josef Kutsch , Leo Riemens : Large singer lexicon . Fourth, enlarged and updated edition. 4th edition. tape 4 . KG Saur Verlag, Munich 2003, ISBN 3-598-11598-9 . ( limited preview in Google Book search)
  2. Andreas Kröper: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's composition fragment of six flute sonatas! ( Memento from November 27, 2013 in the web archive )