Therese Elssler

Therese Elssler
Baroness von Barnim

Therese Elssler, lithograph by F. Lentzen
Spouse(s) Prince Adalbert of Prussia
Father Johann Florian Elssler
Born (1808-04-05)5 April 1808
Died 19 November 1878(1878-11-19) (aged 70)
Buried Invalidenfriedhof, Berlin
Restitution grave stone of Therese von Barnim (Therese Elssler) and Adalbert von Barnim on the Invalidenfriedhof Berlin (2013)

Therese Elssler (German: Theresia Elßler; 5 April 1808, Vienna - 19 November 1878, Merano) was a dancer.

The sisters Therese and Fanny Elssler were both dancers, the former born in 1808, the latter in 1810, both in the Vienna suburb of Gumpendorf. They were daughters of Johann Florian Elssler, the personal scribe of Joseph Haydn. They received their first lessons at Friedrich Horschelt's children's ballet in the Theater an der Wien. They studied dancing with Jean-Pierre Aumer and danced from 1817 to 1825 on the stage of Theater am Kärntnertor and then continued their ballet education in Naples with the great Gaetano Gioja.

They celebrated their first major triumphs in Berlin in 1830. After they had made a stir and acquired fame and considerable wealth through their art and charming appearance in the capitals of Europe and America, they resigned from the stage in 1841. Fanny's last performance was in 1851 in Vienna. After that, she lived on an estate in Hamburg until 1854, then moved to Vienna.

On 20 April 1850, Therese married Prince Adalbert of Prussia morganatically. King Frederick William IV of Prussia created her Baroness of Barnim. Prince Adalbert died in 1873. After that, she lived in Bad Homburg.

She died on 19 November 1878 in Merano. She was buried under the name Therese von Barnim on the Invalidenfriedhof in Berlin. Her grave is marked with a restitution grave stone.

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