Schröder-Devrient, Wilhelmine (1804 - 1860)

Wilhelmine Schröder-Devrient (1804 – 1860)

Wilhelmine Schröder-Devrient (1804 - 1860)
Photograph after a lithograph which, in turn, had been produced after a pastel of 1838.
Robert-Schumann-House in Zwickau

Schumann listened to Wilhelmine Schröder-Devrient as Leonore in Beethoven's Fidelio on 28th March 1837 for the first time and was thrilled by her dramatics. Over the next years, there were frequent encounters, particularly after Clara and Robert Schumann moved from Leipzig to Dresden where Wilhelmine performed at the court theatre. She left Dresden, however, even prior to the departure of the Schumann family, as she had to terminate her engagement in Dresdendue to her active role in the Revolution of 1848. Clara had known Wilhelmine since 1832 when the two of them performed in Paris together. Both women had a friendly relationship throughout their lives. 

(I.B., translated by Thomas Henninger)

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