Half-length role portrait postcard photograph of the soprano as Elizabeth in Wagner's Tannhäuser, signed in full and inscribed to "Richard."
by TRAUBEL, Helen 1899-1972
Helen Traubel's "Metropolitan début was in Damrosch's The Man without a Country (1937); but her first important role was Sieglinde (1939), which initiated her career as the foremost American Wagnerian since Nordica, with whom she was frequently compared. When Flagstad left the Metropolitan in 1941 Traubel became her successor, as Brünnhilde, Elisabeth, Elsa, Kundry and, above all, Isolde. Her statuesque presence, vocal grandeur and expressive warmth made her unrivalled in Wagner until Flagstad's return. The two sopranos shared the Ring cycles for one season (1951), and Traubel added the Marschallin to her rather limited repertory. In 1953 she left the Metropolitan after a disagreement with Bing over her appearances in night-clubs. At the time, despite some loss of freedom at the top, her voice was virtually unimpaired. Thereafter she concentrated on films and television, and appeared in a Broadway show, Pipe Dream (1955).... Her Wagner recordings, including a complete Lohengrin recorded at a Metropolitan performance in 1950, display the strength and security of her singing." Martin Bernheimer in Grove Music Online.. From the studio of Valenti in New York. Ca. 140 x 89 mm. With the name and New York address of the Metropolitan Opera Guild printed to verso.Slightly worn; minor vertical crease to left portion of card. (Inventory #: 24072)
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