Most charming old photograph of the young Maria Jeritza in Richard Strauss’ Rosenkavalier.
Authentic photo from the photo studio Letzer in Wien.
Embossed studio name at the lower right corner. Size: 6 x 8,5 inches. Fine condition ( glue remnants t the margins for the back side ).
Maria Jeritza (1887 - 1982), born Maria Jedliková, was a celebrated Moravian soprano singer, long associated with the Vienna State Opera (1912–1935) and the Metropolitan Opera (1921-1932). Her sensational rise to fame and spectacular beauty and personality earned her the nickname The Moravian Thunderbolt.
In 1910, she made her debut as Elsa, in Wagner's Lohengrin, at Olomouc. The Emperor Franz Josef heard her and immediately commanded that she be offered a contract at the Imperial Hofoper, Wien. She created the roles of Ariadne in Strauss's opera Ariadne auf Naxos (1912), the Empress in his Die Frau ohne Schatten (1919), and Marie/Marietta in Korngold's Die tote Stadt (1920), the latter also being the role of her debut with the Metropolitan Opera on November 19, 1921.
On November 16, 1926, she starred in the title role of Puccini's Turandot in its North American premiere at the Metropolitan, where she also created the title or leading soprano roles in Leos Janacek's Jenufa (1924), Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari's I gioielli della Madonna (1925), Korngold's Violanta (1927), Richard Strauss' Die Ägyptische Helena (1928), and Franz von Suppé's Boccaccio (1931) and Donna Juanita (1932.) Her popularity at the Metropolitan was, as in Vienna, immense, especially as Tosca, Carmen and Massenet's Thaïs. Jeritza was interred at Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington, New Jersey.
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