Three-quarter length role portrait postcard photograph of the soprano as Esmeralda in Franz Schmidt's Notre Dame. Signed in full. Marie GUTHEIL-SCHODER.

Three-quarter length role portrait postcard photograph of the soprano as Esmeralda in Franz Schmidt's Notre Dame. Signed in full.

Ca. 134 x 85 mm. With photographer's name and address embossed at lower right. In German (with translation).

With an additional autograph inscription dated Vienna March [19]18 to verso: "... Pure is the heart. Noble is the mind. Unceasing is the striving."

Slightly worn and soiled.

Marie Gutheil-Schoder was "engaged by Mahler for the Vienna Staatsoper where, in spite of being dubbed ‘the singer without a voice’, she remained as one of the most admired artists from 1900 to 1926. During this time she became most closely associated with the operas of Mozart, and of Richard Strauss who coached her in Electra and Octavian for the Viennese premières of Elektra and Der Rosenkavalier; she also appeared as Salome. At Salzburg she sang Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, and at Covent Garden, in a single appearance under Beecham in 1913, Octavian. She gained additional respect among musicians for her support of some avant-garde composers, especially Schoenberg, whose Erwartung she sang at its première in Prague in 1924. On retirement as a singer she taught and directed at Vienna and Salzburg. Her few recordings, made in 1902, reveal very little about her. The admiration of other artists, such as Bruno Walter and Lotte Lehmann, tells far more, as does the faith reposed in her by Mahler and Strauss. Her singing was famous for its subtlety and refinement; and about the voice, Erwin Stein wrote that it was ‘the perfect instrument of a great artist’." J.B. Steane in Grove Music Online. Item #24036

Price: $110.00  other currencies

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