Autograph signature of the distinguished German conductor and composer. Robert HEGER.

Autograph signature of the distinguished German conductor and composer

1 page. Large oblong octavo (ca. 137 x 204 mm.). Together with the autograph signature of the noted English soprano Florence Easton. Both signatures in ink and dated May 29, 1932.

Several very small, light stains not affecting signatures.

"[Heger's] conducting career began in Strasbourg, and he worked in Ulm (1908) and Barmen (1909) before securing a post at the Vienna Volksoper in 1911. In 1913 he conducted in Nuremberg before moving to the Munich Opera (1920–25) and the Vienna Staatsoper (1925–33), where he also served as director of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde. In 1933 he moved to Berlin as conductor at the Staatsoper and also served as music director in Kassel and at the Waldoper, Zoppot (now Sopot, Poland). After the war he remained in Berlin at the Städtische Oper before returning to Munich in 1950 where he conducted at the Staatsoper. From 1950 to 1954 he was president of the Hochschule für Musik in Munich." Erik Levi in Grove Music Online. He also made numerous appearances at Covent Garden.

"In November 1915 [Easton] sang at Chicago in Siegfried, and two years later began her long and fruitful association with the Metropolitan Opera, which lasted without interruption until 1929. Her pure tone, sound technique and excellent musicianship singled her out even in the brilliant assembly of singers collected by Gatti-Casazza. She was immensely versatile, with a repertory ranging from Brünnhilde to Carmen and the reputed ability to appear at a moment’s notice in any one of over 100 roles. At the Metropolitan she sang some 35 roles, among them Lauretta in the première of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi (14 December 1918). She made isolated reappearances at Covent Garden, as Turandot in 1927, and as Isolde and the Siegfried Brünnhilde with Melchior in 1932. She gave her farewell performance, at the Metropolitan, on 29 February 1936 as Brünnhilde in Die Walküre, receiving an ovation for her still splendid singing and interpretation." Desmond Shawe-Taylor in Grove Music Online.

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