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BARBARA KEMP - STRAUSS ROSENKAVALIER - HMV D.1431

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# 556 & 2606

HMV   D. 1431

78  RPM

BARBARA  KEMP   SOPRANO

LEO BLECH  - COND

SIDE  1 

DIE ZEIT SIE IST EIN SONDERBAR DING

SIDE  2

KANN MICH AUCH AN EIN MADEL ERINNERN


DISC            N -  STUNNING

 LABELS      N-

  UK  PRESSING

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Barbara Kemp is another prima donna of the early 20th Century who had a short career and is almost forgotten today.  Born December 12, 1881 in Kochem, Germany she studied at the conservatory in Strassburg.  As early as 1903 she was singing small roles at the local state theater, and in 1913 joined the Berlin Hofoper.  The following year she sang Senta at the Bayreuth Festival and from 1924-1927 sang regularly at the Vienna State Opera.  From 1922-1924 she sang at the Metropolitan making her debut in the leading role in Mona Lisa, an opera composed by her husband, Max von Schillings, director of the Berlin State Opera, whom she married in 1923.  This American premiere  met with limited enthusiasm according to the New York Times review included in William H. Seltsam's Metropolitan Opera Annals, although the soprano was admired more than the opera. It's easy to understand a possible lack of interest in the new opera. There was a lot going on at the Met that season. Jeritza, Martinelli and Scotti opened the season in Tosca, and the schedule also included  Chaliapin in Boris Godunov and Mefistophele, Martinelli sang Samson to Marguerite Matzenauer's Delilah, Radames to Rethberg's Aida and Pinkerton to Easton's Cio-Cio-San. Ponselle sang Elvira, Lucrezia Bori sang Violetta, Frances Alda sang Puccini's Manon, Florence Easton sang Carmen, and Jeritza also starred in Korngold's Die Tote Stadt.  And this was only during the first six weeks of the season!  There were five performances of Mona Lisa, and it was repeated the following year.  At the Met Kemp also sang Kundry and Isolde.  She ended her operatic career in 1932 and taught singing in Berlin as well as directing a new production of Mona Lisa at the Berlin State Opera.


  • Model: 12 inch 78 RPM
  • Manufactured by: UK

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