Postcard photograph with autograph signature of the Austrian soprano. Addressed to Walter Honig in Vienna. Selma KURZ.

Postcard photograph with autograph signature of the Austrian soprano. Addressed to Walter Honig in Vienna.

Postmarked March 10, 1914. Studio of Pietzner in Berlin.

From the collection of the distinguished American mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne (b. 1934).

Slightly worn and soiled.

Selma Kurz made her professional debut in Hamburg in 1895 as Mignon. Her 1899 debut in Vienna established a long association with that city. She was particularly famous for her coloratura repertory and in 1900 created the role of the Princess in Es War Einmal by Zemlinsky. She made her Covent Garden debut in 1904 and premiered the role of Zerbinetta in Strauss's revised Ariadne auf Naxos in Vienna in 1916, where she sang until her retirement in 1926.

The Honig family emigrated from Vienna to England in September of 1938 and then to the United States in 1939. The family papers are held at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.

"Horne had a voice of extraordinary range, rich and tangy in timbre, with a stentorian chest register and an exciting top... In concert she once achieved the feat of singing in a single programme Rossini arias and Brünnhilde's Immolation Scene, proof of her exceptional versatility. Throughout her lengthy career she was an admired recitalist, singing lieder, mélodies, and Spanish and American songs with equal aplomb." Alan Blyth in Grove Music Online.

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