Margarete Matzenauer          (Preiser 89183)
Item# V0143
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Margarete Matzenauer          (Preiser 89183)
V0143. MARGARETE MATZENAUER: Arias & Duets (w.Amato, Bender, Knote & Kurt) from Les Huguenots, Marta, La Favorita, Le Prophète, L'Africaine, Samson et Dalila, Carmen, Mignon, Das Rheingold, Rienzi, Parsifal, Il Trovatore, Götterdämmerung, La Gioconda, Lucrezia Borgia & Don Carlos. (Austria) Preiser 89183, recorded 1907-26. Long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 717281891837


“Marguerite [sic] Matzenauer was, I think, the finest artist I ever worked with. What a joy it was for me to hear her great golden voice ringing above the orchestra sound. I could relax and be sure of this superb singer, I can assure you.”

- Pierre Monteux, IT’S ALL IN THE MUSIC, p.104

“Margarete Matzenauer…the possessor of the greatest mezzo-soprano voice of my day….”

- Rosa Ponselle, PONSELLE – A SINGER’S LIFE, p.43

“Margarete Matzenauer studied opera in Graz and Berlin making her début in 1901 as Puck in Weber's OBERON. She began singing major roles such as Azucena, Carmen, Mignon, Waltraute, Erda and Ortrud. She first achieved fame in Europe as an acclaimed dramatic alto and mezzo soprano. Soon she began to sing dramatic soprano parts as well; her vocal scope extending from contralto to high-dramatic soprano. She made her début at the Metropolitan Opera in Aïda on 13 November, 1911, singing Amneris on opening night with a cast that also featured Emmy Destinn as Aïda and Enrico Caruso as Radames, with Toscanini on the podium. A few days later she sang in TRISTAN UND ISOLDE. She saved the day on 1 January, 1912, when on a few days' notice she appeared as Kundry, a rôle she had not sung before. Matzenauer was at the Met for nineteen seasons in a wide variety of rôles including Eboli in the first Met production of DON CARLOS, Santuzza, Marina in BORIS GODUNOV, Leonore in FIDELIO and Brünnhilde in DIE WALKÜRE. She sang her final Met performance 17 February, 1930, as Amneris, but continued singing opera, giving concerts and teaching; one of her pupils was Blanche Thebom.”

-Loyal Bluto