Pauline De Haan-Manifarges

Pauline De Haan-Manifarges

Dutch contralto singer
Date of Birth: 04.04.1872
Country: Netherlands

Biography of Paulina de Haan-Manifarges

Paulina de Haan-Manifarges was a Dutch contralto singer and vocal coach. She was born in Rotterdam on April 4, 1872. She initially received her musical education at the Maatschappij tot bevordering der Toonkunst music school, where she studied piano. She then studied under L.F. Brandts Bujs and Paul Hasse, both of whom were members of the German Opera in Rotterdam. Her education was later completed under the renowned vocal teacher Julius Stockhausen in Frankfurt am Main.

Pauline De Haan-Manifarges

Shortly after her studies, Paulina de Haan-Manifarges made her early debut on the concert stage, performing Robert Schumann's cantata "Paradise and the Peri." She was accompanied by the composer himself, Johannes Brahms, who played his own songs while the 20-year-old singer performed. Unlike many other Dutch contraltos, Paulina de Haan-Manifarges never performed on the operatic stage but gained a reputation as one of the leading classical concert performers.

Pauline De Haan-Manifarges

For many years, she was the leading contralto in Bach's Passions and his B-minor Mass, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, Gustav Mahler's Second and Third Symphonies, Verdi's Messa da Requiem, and a vast number of contemporary composers' works. The duets performed by de Haan-Manifarges in collaboration with the renowned soprano Aaltje Noordewier-Reddingius were considered highlights of the concert season. Additionally, she was a member of a vocal quartet, which included Noordewier-Reddingius, Tom Denijs, and the famous bass Johannes Martinus Messchaert.

De Haan-Manifarges frequently toured in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and England. Her most successful and popular student was Maartje Offers, also a contralto. Paulina de Haan-Manifarges passed away in Rotterdam in 1954.

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