Augustus II of Poland b. May 12, 1670 d. February 1, 1733 Royalty. Also known as Friedrich August I, elector of Saxony. Youngest son of elector Johann Georg III and his wife Anna Sofia of Denmark. He succeeded his brother Johann Georg IV in 1694 after he had been infected with smallpox. Friedrich August was married to Christiane Eberhardine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth in 1693. When the polish throne became vacant he applied and as one of the first steps he converted to Catholicism. The fact that his wife and Saxony remained in the protestant faith shows...[Read More] (Bio by: Lutetia) Kathedrale Saint Trinitatis, Dresden, Dresdener Stadtkreis, Saxony (Sachsen), Germany Plot: Crypt
Chavanne, Irene von b. April 18, 1868 d. December 26, 1938 Opera Singer. A contralto who performed for 30 years at the Dresden Court Opera, she is remembered for singing the evil Herodius at the December 5, 1905, world premiere of Richard Strauss' "Salome". The daughter of an Army officer, she received her vocal training in Vienna, Paris, and Dresden before joining the Dresden Court Opera in 1885. Over the years Irene sang the main roles of her voice range including Fides in Meyerbeer's "Le Prophete", the Princess Amneris in Verdi's "Aida", the title...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Old Catholic Cemetery, Dresden, Dresdener Stadtkreis, Saxony (Sachsen), Germany
Friedrich, Caspar David b. September 5, 1774 d. May 7, 1840 German Romantic Painter. He is considered by many art historians as one of the greatest landscape painter of all time. He was born in Griefswald, a small town in northeastern Germany along the Baltic coast. He studied art at the Academy in Copenhagen from 1794-98 and later settled in Dresden for the remainder of his quiet life. Friedrich began his work as an artist by doing topographical drawings in pencil before taking up oil painting in 1807. Some of his most well-known paintings are...[Read More] (Bio by: Tim Pettay) Trinitatisfriedhof, Dresden, Dresdener Stadtkreis, Saxony (Sachsen), Germany
Garrigues, Malvina b. December 7, 1825 d. February 8, 1904 Opera Singer. She shall be rembered as the creator of the title role in Richard Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde". The child of a Brazilian diplomat and his French wife, she was raised in the capitals of Europe and studied voice in Paris with baritone and legendary teacher Manuel Garcia II. After making her 1841 operatic debut in Meyerbeer's "Robert le diable" at Breslau she remained there until 1849. Malvina appeared for a time in Coburg and in Hamburg, then joined the Karlsruhe Opera where she...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Alter Annenfriedhof, Dresden, Dresdener Stadtkreis, Saxony (Sachsen), Germany
Kelling, Dr. Georg [cenotaph] b. July 7, 1866 d. February 14, 1945 Medical Doctor and Surgeon. Inventor of Laparoscopy. He studied medicine at the University of Leipzig and, due to his military service, at the Unversity of Berlin. He graduated from Leipzig in 1890, with an emphasis on gastroenterology, and then continued his education in Berlin in 1891, which was noted for research in this area. He opened a practice in that field in Dresden in 1896 and also began to research endoscopic techniques, inventing an early endoscope. He is considered to have...[Read More] (Bio by: Kenneth Gilbert) Alter Annenfriedhof, Dresden, Dresdener Stadtkreis, Saxony (Sachsen), Germany Plot: A simple grave stone of the family grave at the cemetery in Anne Dresden.
Naumann, Johann Gottlieb b. April 17, 1741 d. October 23, 1801 Composer. An important German figure of the Classical period, he did his most significant work in Scandinavia. His historical drama "Gustaf Wasa" (1786) was regarded as Sweden's national opera for more than a century. Naumann was born in Blasewitz, Germany, and received initial musical training at the Kreuzschule in Dresden. From 1757 to 1763 he lived in Italy, where he studied with Giuseppi Tartini and met composer Johann Adolf Hasse. On Hasse's recommendation he was appointed church...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Eliasfriedhof, Dresden, Dresdener Stadtkreis, Saxony (Sachsen), Germany
Noble, John H. b. September 4, 1923 d. November 10, 2007 Author, Former Gulag Prisoner. Born John Helmuth Noble in Detroit, Michigan, he was the son of Charles Noble, owner of a photo-finishing company. Due to his father's ill health from years of exposure to photographic chemicals, the family moved to Dresden, Germany. Charles Noble took ownership of Kamera-Werkstaetten Guthe & Thorsch, a camera factory that in 1939 became a major manufacturer of the Praktica, a 35 millimeter single-lens reflex camera. Because the newly developed camera was...[Read More] (Bio by: Nan) Waldfriedhof Weißer Hirsch, Dresden, Dresdener Stadtkreis, Saxony (Sachsen), Germany
of Habsburg, Maria Josepha b. December 8, 1699 d. November 17, 1757 Nobility, Archduchess of Austria, Electress of Saxony, Queen of Poland. She was born in Vienna as the first child of Emperor Joseph I and his wife Amalia Wilhelmina and was named Maria Josepha Benedikta Antonia Theresia Xaveria Philippine. She married Friedrich August of Saxony on August 20th, 1719 in Vienna. The mothers-in-law of the couple were against this marriage but were unable to prevent it. They had an very quiet and harmonic marriage, which was a great contrast to their parents...[Read More] (Bio by: Lutetia) Kathedrale Saint Trinitatis, Dresden, Dresdener Stadtkreis, Saxony (Sachsen), Germany