Three-quarter length oval postcard photograph by Franz Xaver Setzer in Vienna of the distinguished soprano in formal dress. Signed in full by Jeritza below the image.

Image ca. 3" x 4" (77 x 103 mm.). With photographer Setzer's facsimile signature, address, and copyright blindstamped in the plate and his small square handstamp to verso.

Signature slightly light in places.

Maria Jeritza, a Czech soprano long associated with both the Vienna State Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, was one of the greatest singers of her generation, celebrated not only for her singing but for her acting as well. World famous composers wrote roles specifically with her in mind: she created Ariadne (both versions, 1912 and 1916) and the Empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten (1919) for Richard Strauss, and Puccini wrote Turandot for her; she also excelled as both Salome and Jenůfa. She gave her debut at the Met in New York in 1921 as Marietta in Korngold's Die tote Stadt and appeared on the Met's stage no fewer than 290 times in 20 roles.

"Franz Xaver Setzer (1886-1939) was one of the most important photographers of Viennese society in an era full of style and glamour. Opened in 1911, his attic studio in the Museumstraße in Vienna’s 7th district soon became a meeting place for the rich and famous, for artists and the bourgeoisie. Setzer’s studio is the only photographic studio from the interwar period to have survived in its original condition until today... For stars from the stage, a visit to Setzer’s studio was an absolute must. Operatic divas, including Maria Jeritza, Elisabeth Schumann, Jamilla Novotná and Lotte Lehmann, as well as the star tenor Leo Slezak, were only too happy to be photographed by Setzer..." Website of the Leopold Museum, Vienna. Item #31102

Price: $95.00  other currencies

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