Postcard photograph with autograph signature of Austrian-Czech tenor dated December 24, 1918. Addressed to Walter Honig in Vienna. Leo SLEZAK.

Postcard photograph with autograph signature of Austrian-Czech tenor dated December 24, 1918. Addressed to Walter Honig in Vienna.

Studio of Herm. Leiser in Berlin.

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

Slightly worn.

Leo Slezak was best-known for his expressive performances of dramatic roles including Tannhaüser, Lohengrin, Walther, Radames, and Othello. He enjoyed a long and prestigious career in Vienna from his first appearance in 1901 to his last in 1933. Slezak performed in sucessful productions at Covent Garden and the Metropolitan Opera and was beloved for both his powerful, expressive voice and for his irrepressible sense of humor.

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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Price: $100.00  other currencies

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