Postcard photograph of the German tenor as Palestrina in the eponymous opera by Hans Pfitzner. Karl ERB.

Postcard photograph of the German tenor as Palestrina in the eponymous opera by Hans Pfitzner.

From the studio of C. Pietzner in Vienna, with studio and Magasin Metropole blindstamps to lower margin.

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

Slightly worn.

Erb was a self-taught German tenor who made his professional debut in 1907. His career spanned over forty years and seventy roles including the principal Mozart roles, Parsifal, and Euryanthe. "A highpoint in his career was the first performance of Pfitzner’s Palestrina in 1917, in which he took the title role with great distinction." Peter Branscombe in Grove Music Online.

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 #31862

Price: $15.00  other currencies

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