Maria Reining portrait photo, hand signed. Photo by Grainer.
The autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
4,2 x 5,9 inches. Very fine condition.
Maria Reining (1903 – 1991) was an Austrian soprano and Kammersanger.
She started to sing at the Vienna State Opera with 28 years, mainly in soubrette roles. Two years later, she moved to Darmstadt, then to the Munich State Opera, where she made her debut as Elsa in Lohengrin, under Hans Knappertsbusch. In 1937 she followed Knappertsbusch to the Vienna State Opera, where she sang Elsa again.
Reining was a member of the Vienna State Opera ensemble between 1931 and 1933 and again between 1937 and 1957. Between 1937 and 1941, she sang at the Salzburg Festival with great success, conducted, among others, by Arturo Toscanini.
She predominantly sang roles by Mozart, Wagner and Richard Strauss. As a guest, she appeared at the leading European opera houses: among others, she sang at the Royal Opera House in London and at La Scala in Milan.
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