Gadski, Johanna

1902 card signed by the German diva, lead Wagnerian soprano at the Metropolitan Opera 1898-1904 & 1907-17

Price: $15.00

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(1872-1932) German soprano, noted for heavy dramatic roles in German and Italian repertoires in New York and London. After receiving a musical education in Stettin, she made her opera debut in Berlin in 1889. Highlights of her career in Germany included appearances in Wagner's works at the 1899 Bayreuth Festival and at the 1905-06 Munich Festival. However, it was in English-speaking countries that she built her international reputation as a diva. She made her successful US debut in New York in 1895 with the Damrosch Company and also became popular in England. In 1896 she created the role of Hester Prynne in the premiere of Walter Damrosch's opera “The Scarlet Letter” in Boston. She sang in London at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 1899-1901 & 1906. An extremely popular recitalist, in 1899-1900, she embarked on a US tour. She was the leading Wagnerian soprano at New York's Metropolitan Opera 1898-1904 and 1907-17. At the height of WW I, she was obliged to resign from the Met because of her German links. She spent the duration of the war living quietly in New York and New Hampshire, and did not revisit Germany until 1922. She resumed her US concert career in 1921; she did not return to the operatic stage until the late 1920s, her first such appearance in a 1928 production of “Die Walküre” for the Washington National Opera (not related the present company). She toured as the star of the German Grand Opera Company 1929-31. A US citizen since 1925, she was visiting Germany when she died in a 1932 car accident in Berlin. Signed 1 3/4 x 3 1/2 card, New York, 1902.

Condition: Very good, light toning to right
Type:Signed Card






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