Pauline Horson

Pauline Horson-Brügelmann, née Pauline Dyckhoff (25 March 1858 – 28 January 1918) was a German operatic soprano.

Pauline Horson (stage picture)


Born in Beckum, Horson studied classical singing with Karl Schneider in Cologne and made her debut in 1875 at the court theatre in Sondershausen. In the following year (1876), after a successful guest performance in Weimar, she came to the Hoftheater Weimar, where she finally joined the Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach. She later was appointed Kammersängerin and remained in the ensemble until 1886, the year of her marriage. In that year she married the chemist Moritz Gottfried Brügelmann (24 April 1849 in Ratingen - 18 November 1920 in Bad Kissingen) from the manufacturing family of the Ratingen Textilfabrik Cromford.[1]

At the premiere of Wagner's Parsifal on 26 July 1882 in Bayreuth under the direction of Hermann Levi she sang one of the Zaubermädchen. Further solos as Zaubermädchen followed in 1883 and 1884 and she was known for her interpretations of Mozart's lyrical and coloratura opera arias. She gave concerts and guest performances at the Bayreuth Festival, at the court opera houses of Berlin, Semperoper, Hanover, Leipzig and the Kroll-Opera in Berlin.

Having become hard of hearing, she died in 1918 in Bonn at the age of 59 from pneumonia. In her will she left an amount of 150,000 Marks in cash from the sale of a house in Bonn and 17 Cologne-Munich railway premium tickets worth 5,100 Marks for the care and design of the Bad Kissinger Ballinghain, a garden left by the Kissingen spa doctor Franz Anton von Balling [de]. She and her husband, who had got engaged in Bad Kissingen and stayed there several times in the following years, were dedicated a small park with a memorial stone and benches on the "Finsterberg" in 1922 as a token of gratitude.[2] However, a foundation was no longer established. Due to the inflation that soon set in, the estate became worthless.[citation needed]

Further readingEdit

  • Gerhard Wulz: Eine geldwerte Liebe zu Bad Kissingen … Die Stiftung der Sängerin Pauline Horson-Brügelmann. In Saale-Zeitung dated 13 October 2007
  • Thomas Mäuser: Tafel für eine Mäzenin, in the Saale-Zeitung [de] dated 15 August 2011


  1. ^ Pauline Hirson on the Großes Sängerlexikon (p.2146)
  2. ^ On the memorial plaque, which was not renewed until 2011 on the Bad Kissingen stone, there is the inscription requested by Pauline Horson: Erected in memory of two loyal friends of the town of Bad Kissingen and the valley of the Saale with its springs, mountains, meadows and forests, namely the wife Pauline Horson-Brügelmann, born on 25 March 1853 in Beckum in Westphalia, died in Bonn on the Rhine on 28 March 1853. She was a member of the Grand Ducal Saxon Chamber Singer, a member of the Grand Ducal Court Theatre in Weimar and of Richard Wagner's Bühnen-Weihe-Festspiele in 1882, 1883 and 1884, where she created the First Flower Girl in Parsifal under the master's direction and also performed and sang to great acclaim in 1883 and 1884, as well as of Moritz Gottfried Brügelmann, born in Cromford near Düsseldorf on 24th January 1918. April 1849, Doctor of Natural Sciences at the University of Tübingen.

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