Hauk, Minnie

Ameican soprano, sang in US premieres of Gounod's "Romeo et Juliette" & "Manon Lescault", her "Carmen" brought lasting fame to Bizet's opera

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(b. Amalia Mignon Hauck, 1851-1929) American soprano, began vocal studies in 1865 and secured a spot with the Max Maretzek Italian Opera Company. She made her public opera debut at 14 in Brooklyn as Amina in "La sonnambula and a month later, in November 1866, her New York City debut as Prascovia in "L'etoile du nord." She sang Juliette in the US premiere of Gounod's "Romeo et Juliette on Nov. 15, 1867 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Hauk premiered in Europe at Covent Garden in 1868, and debuted in Paris in 1869, then appeared in Italian and German opera at the Vienna Grand Opera 1870–1874 and other European venues. She interpreted the title role in Bizet's "Carmen", previously unsuccessful, in a new intensive way for the first time on January 2, 1878 in Brussels. The immediate success brought lasting popularity and fame to the opera. She played Carmen at the opera's British and American premieres in 1878. Hauk performed Manon at its 1885 US premiere. Her voice became a mezzo-soprano of great strength and depth. Her 1891 Met debut was as Selika in Meyerbeer's "L'Africaine". She sang intensive opera tours by the end of 1893, her repertory included some 100 roles, and she sang Carmen in 4 languages. In 1878 she married Austrian-American writer and traveler Ernst von Hesse-Wartegg. Much of her fortune was lost in WW I, and by 1920 she was thought to be impoverished and was nearly blind. 2 ¾ x 6 Autograph sentiment ("Sincerely yours") Signed in purple ink as “Minnie Hauk de Wartegg”, Philadelphia, October 1893.

Condition: Very good, one slight vertical fold
Type:Autograph Sentiment Signed + Quotation






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