V0249. MARTA EGGERTH - My Life My Song. 2-Patria KIE 3000, recorded 1932-37, plus subsequent live recordings 1955-2002, incl. a 1955 duet from Der Zarewitsch with Jan Kiepura. Jacket Autographed by Eggerth and dated in her hand, New York, 2005. Original 78rpm recordings transferred by Roger Beardsley. [Some quite lovely singing here, and the late live performances are remarkably commendable!] Excellent, ever-so-slightly used final copy.
”Marta Eggerth, an operetta star in Europe and the United States who was almost certainly the last living link to the grand musical confections of Franz Lehár and Emmerich Kálmán, was born in Budapest on April 17, 1912.
A vocal prodigy, she began her career on the Budapest stage when she was about 9. By the time she was 13 she was singing ingénue roles; before she was out of her teens she had become a sensation when she took over for the ailing star of Kalman’s operetta DAS VEILCHEN VON MONTMARTRE at the Vienna State Opera.
The young Miss Eggerth went on to star in musical films in Austria, Hungary, Germany, England and Italy; in the 1930s Variety ranked her among the top 10 box-office attractions in the overseas market. With her husband Jan Kiepura, whom she married in 1936, Miss Eggerth settled in the United States before the outbreak of war in Europe. Both were the children of Jewish mothers.
Miss Eggerth was known for taking scrupulous care of her voice. She abjured alcohol, with the exception of Tokay. (‘This is medicine!’, she told The New York Times in 1935.) As a result of this regimen, she was able to perform long past the age when most singers have retired. In her late 80s, she was heard at Wigmore Hall in London. In her 90s, she sang periodically at Cafe Sabarsky on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
Miss Eggerth gave her last public performance in 2011, at 99. That engagement came nine decades after her stage début, at which - in a fitting testament to her youth, the more innocent era and the sweetness of the musical fare with which she had begun to make her name - she asked to be paid in chocolate.”
- Margalit Fox, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 39 Dec., 2013