Bust-length role portrait postcard photograph of the soprano as Rautendelein in Respighi's Die versunkene Glocke, signed in full
by RETHBERG, Elisabeth 1894-1976
Elisabeth Rethberg "made her début in 1915 with the Dresden Opera, and remained with the company for seven years, singing a wide variety of roles. She made her Metropolitan début in 1922 as Aida, remaining as leading soprano for 21 consecutive seasons. During those years she returned regularly to Dresden, sang at Covent Garden in five seasons, and frequently appeared at the Salzburg Festivals. On one return trip to Europe she sang the title role at the Dresden première of Strauss's Die ägyptische Helena in 1928. Her other Verdi roles were Desdemona, Amelia (Un ballo in maschera and Simon Boccanegra), and the Leonoras of both Il trovatore and La forza del destino. In Wagner she excelled in the ‘youthful-dramatic' parts of Elisabeth, Elsa, Eva and Sieglinde; she was also an accomplished Mozart singer. Rethberg's beautiful lirico spinto soprano was perfectly equalized between the registers, and a combination of natural musicianship and sound training enabled her to maintain an unusually even legato in the most difficult passages. Rethberg made a large number of recordings, many of which reveal her rare beauty of tone and purity of style." Desmond Shawe-Taylor in Grove Music Online.. A Mishkin image published by Ross in Berlin.Signature partially obscured by dark background. (Inventory #: 24060)
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