b/w photo of the young Mimi Coertse. Photo by studio Fayer in Wien.
3,4 x 5,4 inches. Glue remnants at the reverse otherwise fine condition.
The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Mimi Coertse (born 12 June 1932), is a South African soprano. She was born in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, matriculated at the Helpmekaar Girls High School in Johannesburg.
Coertse made her debut in January 1955 as the First Flower girl in Wagner's Parsifal at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Karl Böhm conducting. She also sang in Basle at the Teatro San Carlo. On 17 March 1956 she made her debut at the Vienna State Opera as the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte by Mozart and remained with the Vienna State Opera until 1978. Her Covent Garden debut was in 1956, in the same role.
Coertse sang the soprano part in Bach's Matthäus-Passion at Fritz Wunderlich's first appearance in Vienna in 1958, when he performed the tenor arias with Julius Patzak singing the Evangelist. In 1958, Coertse and Fritz Wunderlich again worked together at the Aix-en-Provence festival in Die Zauberflöte. In 1965, she sang Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Vienna State Opera which also featured Fritz Wunderlich as Belmonte.
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