Portrait photograph with autograph signature of the noted Czech soprano dated 1949. Jarmila NOVOTNÁ.

Portrait photograph with autograph signature of the noted Czech soprano dated 1949.

252 x 202 mm. Bust-length. From the studio of G. Maillard Kesslere, with photographer's stamp to lower right margin. Inscribed to John Honig

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

Novotná studied in Prague with Emmy Destinn, making her debut there in June of 1925 as Mařenka in The Bartered Bride. She made her American debut as Butterfly at San Francisco in 1939, and sang at the Metropolitan Opera from 1940 to 1956 in roles including Donna Elvira, Pamina, Octavian, Violetta, Freia and Mélisande.

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 #31847

Price: $40.00  other currencies

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