Postcard photograph of the Danish tenor and German baritone in the Vienna 1903 production of Tristan und Isolde. Dated 1913 at lower left. Erik SCHMEDES, Freidrich Weidemann, Fritz.

Postcard photograph of the Danish tenor and German baritone in the Vienna 1903 production of Tristan und Isolde. Dated 1913 at lower left.

From the collection of the distinguished American mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne (b. 1934); previously in the collection of Walter Honig.

Slightly worn and soiled.

Erik Schmedes was a Danish tenor who made his professional debut as a baritone in Weisbaden in 1891. He sang throughout Germany as a baritone for a decade. In 1898 he performed Siegfried in Vienna, marking a successful transition to dramatic and Wagnerian tenor roles. Friedrich Weidemann was a German baritone who was invited to sing in Vienna by Mahler. This photograph is from the Vienna Staatsoper 1903 production.

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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