V1411. MARKO ROTHMULLER, w.Suzanne Gyr (Pf.): Schubert Songs, incl. Die Winterreise; Songs and Dances of Death (Moussorgsky). (England) 2-Symposium 1098/99, recorded 1945, EMI. Very Long Out-of-print, Final Copy!
"Marko Rothmüller, who made his Metropolitan Opera debut in Wagner's MEISTERSINGER in 1959, had a singing career that began with Weber's FREISCHUTZ in Hamburg in 1932. He rejoined the Met's company for the 1964-1965 season. By then, he had been appointed a professor of voice in Bloomington, where he started teaching in 1955. He was a native of Croatia, and studied at the Zagreb Music Academy. He went to Vienna to train as a singer with Franz Steiner and study composition with Alban Berg; the title role of Berg's WOZZECK became a signature piece. He studied for that role with Erich Kleiber, who conducted the Berlin premiere of WOZZECK in 1925.
After his engagement at the Hamburg Opera, Mr Rothmüller established himself as one of Europe's most promising baritones, scoring successes particularly in works by Wagner and Verdi. Because he was of Jewish descent, he left Germany in the early 1930's to sing in Zagreb and Zurich, where he appeared regularly until 1947. His European engagements then took him to the Vienna State Opera, Covent Garden and the Glyndebourne Opera at the Edinburgh International Festival of Music and Drama.
In 1954, he returned to Germany for the first time with a guest appearance in West Berlin. His American debut was with the New York City Center Opera as Amonasro in Verdi's AIDA in 1948, after which he traveled extensively in this country for occasional opera and concert engagements."
- Wolfgang Saxon, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 22 Jan., 1993
"Suzanne Gyr, born 8 June, 1899 in Lorraine, France, started taking piano lessons with one of Cortot's pupils. In 1930 she entered Cortot's class at the Ecole Normale in Paris and studied the piano with him for five years. At the same time she took courses in history of music and harmony with Nadia Boulanger. She gave recitals in France, but WW II intervened. She settled in Geneva and married Edouard Gyr, a Swiss violinist and a member of the Orchestre Romande. She gave recitals in Switzerland, where her brilliant success was acclaimed. She recorded for HMV as soloist, also together with the baritone Marko Rothmuller, all issued only on the HMV Swiss Series. She died 3 March, 1974."
- Ned Ludd