The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Gerhardt, Elena

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GERHARDT, Elena, German singer: b. Leipzig, 11 Nov. 1883. In 1899 she joined the Leipzig Conservatory, and for four years studied there undrecital at Leipzig was an instantaneous ser Marie Hedmont. In 1903 her début in a uccess and by popular demand she was induced to try opera. After eight appearances at Leipzig she decided to confine her efforts to concert work. She soon became known as the greatest lieder singer of modern times. In 1912 she visited the United States and made a most successful concert tour with the principle orchestras. In 1913 she reappeared in America and the entire country did homage to her genius.