Jost-Arden received vocal training in Berlin and in New York. Her first successes were on the concert stage. Her voice attracted the attention of Toscanini, who brought her to Bayreuth for the 1930 Festival where she made her debut as Venus in Tannhäuser. From 1931-40 she was the principal dramatic soprano at the Cologne Opera. She sang very little during World War II, and after 1945 she lived in Bayreuth.
as Kundry Bayreuth (by courtesy of Erich Wirl)
as Venus Bayreuth 1930