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Austrian soprano Anna von Mildenburg (1872-1947) made her debut (1897) in Hamburg. In that same year she made her first of many appearances at the Bayreuth Festivals. Her first contract (1897) with the Vienna Court Opera stipulated that her salary be 14,000 guilders per year. With that she was required to fulfill ten performances per month with no leave of absence other than theater vacations and a summer break. Although von Mildenburg was married to the poet and playwright Hermann Bahr, she was romantically linked to the married conductor Gustav Mahler with whom she often worked and who was largely responsible for building her career. Seen here as Kundry. German bass-baritone Walter Soomer (1878-1935) as Hans Sachs in Wagner's Ring Cycle. He made his debut (1902) in Colmar. He spent the majority of his career at the Leipzig Opera. Gisela Staudigl (Magdelene) and Karl Ziegler (David) in Die Meistersinger. Belgian tenor Ernest van Dyck (1861-1923). For a short time he studied law and worked as a journalist before beginning singing lessons with, among others, the composers Chabrier and Massenet, an association that led to his creation of Massenet's Werther in 1892. His first appearance in Bayreuth was in 1888 as Parsifal (seen here). Although he did not have the most beautiful voice, his intelligence and the ability to learn roles on short notice were a godsend to opera house managements. Hungarian tenor, Ferenc Szekelyhidy. Hungarian tenor; b. Tovis: 4 Apr 4, 1885; d. Budapest: 27 Jun 1954. German baritone Eduard Habich (Kassel: 3 Sep 1880 - Berlin: 15 Mar 1960). He sang principally at the Berlin Royal Opera (1910-30). He made many appearances at Covent Garden in the 1920s, and appeared at the Metropolitan Opera in 1935 where he sang for two seasons. German baritone Hermann Weil (1876-1949). He initially trained under conductor Felix Mottl with aspirations to become a chorus-master. However, the discovery of his voice altered his goals. He spent the majority of his career in Stuttgart. He appeared in Bayreuth in 1911, 1912, 1924, and 1925 in the roles of Günther (Götterdämmerung), Amfortas (Parsifal), and as Hans Sachs (seen here) in Die Meistersinger. He sang these three roles as well as Friedrich and Herald (Lohengrin), Wolfram (Tannhäuser), Wanderer (Siegfried), Wotan (Die Walküre and Das Rheingold), and Kurwenal (Tristan und Isolde) during his six seasons at the Metropolitan Opera (1911-1917).
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