Postmarked Vienna [...?]. Salzburg, Würthle & Sohn Nachf[olge]. Ca. 139 x 89 mm. With the recipient's name, Vienna address, and date of "12. April 1910" in another hand to verso.
Slightly worn and soiled; minor silvering to edges.
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.
Gutheil-Schoder also sang in the Viennese premiere of D'Albert's Tiefland on February 25, 1908.
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