Marcel Prawy: Reply card, filled and signed by Marcel Prawy in 1974 plus a telegram, sent by Prawy in 1968.
On the reply card he confirms the attending of an event. In the telegram he writes that he can not attend a party since he is busy with TV the whole Saturday and Sunday.
Marcel Horace Frydmann, Ritter von Prawy (1911 - 2003) was an Austrian dramatic adviser, opera connoisseur and opera critic.
Prawy was born into a Jewish Austro-Hungarian noble family. He studied law, but his life belonged to the opera. As secretary of the tenor Jan Kiepura, he emigrated to the USA when persecution of the Austrian Jews became unbearable in the late 1930s. With the help of his confidante Mártha Eggerth he became acquainted with American musicals and music in general.
After the end of the Second World War, Prawy returned to Vienna and brought with him the musical Kiss Me, Kate. It was received by the Viennese with great reservation as they feared the arrival of the American-style musical would spell the end of the traditional Viennese operetta. Nonetheless, Prawy succeeded and was considered henceforth as the one who made German language musicals acceptable and popular.
Marcel Prawy maintained close friendships with many prominent singers, composers and musicians, such as Leonard Bernstein and Robert Stolz. He was awarded numerous awards and honours by the nation and internationally, including becoming honorary citizen of Vienna and Miami. Hardly anyone succeeded in picturing opera to his audience as impressively as he did. And thus Prawy became an institution of the Viennese opera as the National Guide to Opera.
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