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Forgotten Opera Singers
Mar 24, 2014
Melitta Heim (Soprano) (Vienna 1888 – London 1950)
She studied singing under Johannes Ress in Vienna and made her stage debut in 1909 at the Municipal Theatre of Graz as Gilda in ‘’Rigoletto’’. In 1911, after a successful guest performance in ‘’Traviata’’, she was engaged by the Frankfurt a. M., to which she belonged till 1916. Several times she made guest appearances at the Vienna Court Opera as well as in 1912 and 1914 as Queen of the Night in ‘’The Magic flute’’ at the DruryLaneTheatre in London. In the 1917-22 season she had at the Vienna State Opera a huge success. She suffered a nervous breakdown and forced to retire from the stage in 1922. She appeared then at the concert hall. In 1938 together with her mother she went to England. In London she was active as a singing teacher.
Chronology of some appearances
1909 Graz Municipal Theatre
1911-1916 Frankfurt a. M. Opera House
1912 London Drury Lane Theatre The Magic flute (Queen of the Night)
1914 London Drury Lane Theatre The Magic flute (Queen of the Night)
1917-1922 Vienna State Opera
RECORDINGS FOR SALE
Edison 4-min cylinders, Berlin 1911?
Frühlingsstimmen (Strauss) BA 28149
Rigoletto (Verdi): Caro nome 703-B Unpubl.
Odeon, Berlin 1913 Traviata (Verdi): s' ist seltsam 76356 xxB5830