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EDYTH WALKER, Alto/Soprano, * 27 March 1867 Hopewell (New York), † 19 February 1950 New York.

19 Jan

She sang at age 14 as a soloist in the Old Church of Hopewell, then in Utica (New York) and on Long Iceland. She worked for a while as a school teacher. could then take on a scholarship, the study singing. She came to Europe in 1891 and was trained by Aglaia of Orgeni by Eichenberger and carpenter in Dresden. Further studies with Marianne Brandt in Vienna. Debut in 1894 at the Berlin Court Opera as Fides in “prophet” by Meyerbeer. First major success in 1895 with a concert in Leipzig Gewandhaus under Carl Reinecke. In 1895 she was engaged at the Vienna Court Opera, where she sang the first games in the Faith “prophet” by Meyerbeer and Azucena in “Il Trovatore” and remained until 1903. In 1896 she sang in the Vienna premiere of the opera “The Evangelimann” Kienzl of the Magdalena. At the Salzburg Mozart Festival in 1901 she created the role of Donna Elvira in “Don Giovanni”. In 1903 she left after a dispute with Gustav Mahler, in violation of their contract, the Vienna Opera House and it was locked for three years for German theaters. In 1903 she was appointed to the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where she made her debut as Amneris in “Aida” and adjacent areas from the old trade also took dramatic soprano roles. She sang at the Metropolitan Opera inter alia Ortrud in “Lohengrin”, the Brangaene in “Tristan”, Erda in Nibelungenring, the Siebel in “Faust” by Gounod, the Cieca in “La Gioconda” by Ponchielli, the Nancy in Flotow’s “Martha,” the Leonora in ” La Favorita, “and the Orsini in” Lucrezia Borgia “(1904) by Donizetti. In 1905 she worked here in the premiere of Johann Strauss operetta “Die Fledermaus with.” She then went on 1906-07 at the Court Opera in Berlin and in the years 1907-12 was a celebrated artist of the Hamburg Opera. At Covent Garden Opera in London it was in 1900 as Amneris, as Ortrud, as Fricka and Waltraute, 1908 and 1910, as Isolde, 1910, as well as Tirzah in the opera “The Wreckers” by Mrs. Ethel Smith and Elektra on 10/19/1910 be heard in the English premiere of Richard Strauss’s eponymous opera. Guest performances helped her in Brussels and Leipzig, in Frankfurt (1907-12), Cologne and Prague a great success, they especially admired as a Wagner interpreter. At the Bayreuth Festival in 1908, she sang Kundry in “Parsifal” and Ortrud in “Lohengrin”. Great triumphs they celebrated the Strauss Festival 1910 in Holland as Salome and as Elektra. There she appeared in numerous productions of the Wagner Society in Amsterdam, most recently in May 1918 in the “Twilight of the Gods”, 1909, she sang at the Beethoven Festival in the Hague Leonore in “Fidelio” under Willem Mengelberg. In 1912-1917 she worked at the Court Opera in Munich. In 1918 she was at the Municipal Theatre of Elberfeld their farewell performance in Nibelungenring. 1917-19 she lived in Scheveningen in Holland.

as Isolde

as Isolde

as Isolde

as Isolde

as Isolde

as Isolde (Collection G&K)

as Brünnhilde Wien (Collection G&K)

as Brünnhilde Frankfurt

as Brünnhilde (Collection G&K)

as Ortrud MET (Collection G&K)

as Ortrud

as Fidelio Hamburg

as Fidelio Hamburg

as Salome with Strauss and Matzenauer München 1910

as Elektra

as Orpheus (Collection G&K)

as Marenka?

as ? (Collection G&K)

Portrait

Portrait

Portrait

Portrait

Portrait

Portrait

Portrait

Portrait

at her Home

as Isolde Promo (Collection G&K)

with Caruso, Sembrich and others MET-Team San Fsco 18. Apr. 1906 (after Earthquake)

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