Three-quarter-length cabinet card role portrait photograph of the soprano as Sieglinde in Die Walküre
by WITTICH, Marie 1868-1931
Marie Wittich was one of the most famous German sopranos of her generation. She joined the Dresden Hofoper in 1889 and remained on its roster until 1914. Already famous as a Wagnerian singer, performing all the great soprano roles from Senta through Kundry, she reached the zenith of her career by creating the role of Salome in Richard Strauss's opera of the same name in 1905. She took up that task reluctantly, famously refusing to kiss the severed head of John the Baptist and leaving the Dance of the Seven Veils to a ballerina. She regularly appeared in Bayreuth from 1901 to 1909. "The power of her voice, vibrant in tone and extremely dramatic in character, allowed her to triumph in roles for which she was physically unsuited, such as Salome." Harold Rosenthal in Grove Music Online.. From the studio of Höffert, Dresden, with decorative studio imprint to lower margin and studio details printed to verso. 168 x 109 mm. Slightly worn and browned. (Inventory #: 23810)
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