Thursday, February 13, 2014

Jarmila Novotna - A Great Singer Rendered Obscure By the Passing of Time?...

Another facet of  my memory came into focus recently, for reasons unfathomable to me, of course; and this particular facet came in the form of my reactions as a youngster to the transcendent beauty of the voice of Jarmila Novotna, the Czech  soprano who captivated both Vienna and New York with her glittering performances, especially in opera;  though, of course, she gave innumerable  recitals as well.
For those of you who are not familiar with her name, please know that she appeared over 200 times as a leading singer with  the Metropolitan Opera, after her renown successes in Vienna.
She was not only a great success as a singer, but  also excelled in drama, and was considered one of the most beautiful women in both music and stage, having also appeared in a number of movies during mid-century.
I most assuredly would recommend to those of you who are yet to know this woman, that you listen to some of her music(her Mozart is a joy). There are many recordings, and I would assume some videos as well.



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