Role portrait postcard photograph with autograph signature ("Madame Charles Cahier") of the American mezzo-soprano as Carmen. Addressed to Walter Honig in Vienna. Sara CAHIER.

Role portrait postcard photograph with autograph signature ("Madame Charles Cahier") of the American mezzo-soprano as Carmen. Addressed to Walter Honig in Vienna

Postmarked December 11, 1913. Studio of Hermann Leiser in Berlin.

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

Cahier spent her early career in Europe, first in France, and then in Vienna, where she sang under the direction of Gustav Mahler. She was a soloist in the premiere of Das Lied von der Erde (1911) conducted by Bruno Walter. After stints at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm, she began teaching at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, where her students included Marian Anderson, Göta Ljungberg, and Rosette Anday.

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. Item #31845

Price: $75.00  other currencies

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