Personalities | Maria Jeritza | Modern Era | Opera

1887–1982, Czech-Moravian

The most highly paid German-speaking soprano between the wars, Jeritza sang mainly at the Vienna State Opera between 1912 and 1935. She debuted numerous roles, including Ariadne in both versions of Ariadne auf Naxos and the empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten by Richard Strauss. She also sang Marietta in Korngold’s Die tote Stadt and the title role in Janáček’s Jenůfa, and performed at the Met between 1921 and 1932, where her Tosca was renowned. Whereas Jeritza’s feminine allure proved irresistible to many of her conductors, composers and collaborators, her artistic temperament, perfectly suited to verismo roles, was usually channelled towards her on-stage performances.

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Techniques | Verismo | Turn of the Century | Opera


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