V1686. FRITZI JOKL: Frühlingsstimmen (Johann Strauss); Arias from Mignon; Ballo; Barbiere; Dinorah; Don Pasquale; Il Re Pastore; L’Allegro, Il Penseroso ed il Moderato; Nozze; Zauberflöte; Les Huguenots; Alessandro Stradella & Marta; MARIA GERHART: Arias from Abu Hassan, Rigoletto & Ariadne auf Naxos. (Austria) Preiser 89191, recorded 1924-28. - 717281891912
“Fritzi Jokl was born in Vienna and made her début at the Frankfurt Opera where she stayed for five years. She was given all the boys’ roles in the German opera repertoire, but soon took over Rosina, Cherubino, Oscar, Urbain, Blondchen and Sophie. Her Sophie was particularly admired by public and critics. Within a short time she became one of the most promising young singers in Germany. She spent two seasons at the Opera of Darmstadt, went for two further seasons to the Volksoper Berlin where she appeared as Konstanze, Norina and Violetta. The Volksoper, however, could not hold its own against the competition of the other Berlin opera houses and was forced to close.
Fritzi Jokl became a special favorite of the opera audiences in Cologne. A guest appearance had taken her to Covent Garden, where she sang Najade and Zerbinetta in ARIADNE AUF NAXOS (the latter as an understudy to Maria Ivogün). She was invited to the Opera of Munich, where she gained a remarkable success as Zerbinetta; the performance was conducted by the composer himself. She was immediately engaged for the Munich Festival marking up a series of triumphs. Under Knappertsbusch’s baton she sang Susanna and Despina. Her repertory further included Gilda, Nedda, Olympia, Marzelline and Rosalinde. Karl Böhm was her conductor in many performances. In 1932 Fritzi Jokl was invited by Otto Klemperer to join the Kroll Oper in Berlin, but political changes had set in. Klemperer had to leave and the soprano was not allowed to begin her engagement. A few special theatres continued to accept Jewish artists and Jewish audiences (Jüdischer Kulturbund), but in 1937 she was forced to leave Germany and emigrated to the United States. She got married to the author and journalist Jack Siegel, but had no chance to continue her singing career. At the Metropolitan, Fritzi Jokl’s roles were the property of Lily Pons and Bidù Sayão, and the Met management was not willing to take her under contract. Her voice was then heard only in private circles.”
- Andrea Shum-Binder, subito-cantabile
“In 1918 Maria Gerhart made her début at the Vienna Volksoper, then in 1919 at the Vienna State Opera. From 1923 to 1939 she was a member of the State Opera and sang a total of 24 roles in 394 performances. At the Salzburg Festival she sang leading roles from 1926 to 1933, especially the Queen of the Night, also Kostanze and Fiordiligi. In 1934 she was awarded the title Kammersängerin.”
- Ned Ludd