• The premiere

    The former child prodigy Erich Wolfgang Korngold was a very respected composer in 1920, when Die Tote Stadt was to be premiered.

    He was given the rare privilege of getting simultaneous stages in two cities: Cologne and Hamburg.

    In the Rhine the conductor was Otto Kemplerer, and his wife Johanna sang Marietta:

    • December, 4th, 1920
      Cologne
      Conductor: Otto Klemperer
      Paul: Karl Schröder
      Marie/Marietta: Johanna Klemperer
      Frank/Fritz: Karl Renner
      Brigitta: Katharina Rohr
      Stage Director: Fritz Rémond



    Otto Kemplerer

    In Hamburg, with Korngold himself in the theater, this was the cast:


    • December, 4th, 1920
      Stadttheater Hamburg
      Conductor: Egon Pollak
      Paul: Richard Schubert
      Marie/Marietta: Anny Münchow
      Frank/Fritz: Josef Degler
      Brigitta: Maria Olszewska
      Stage Director: Kurt Loewenfeld



    Anny Münchow


    It was a big success and there was a tremendous expectation in Vienna, with Maria Jeritza singing Marietta:


    • January, 10th, 1921
      Staatsoper Viena
      Conductor: Franz Schalk
      Paul: Karl Aagaard Oestvig
      Marie/Marietta: Maria Jeritza
      Frank/Fritz: Richard Mayr
      Brigitta: Hermine Kittel
      Stage Director: Wilhelm Wymetal



    Karl Aagaard Oestvig

    Less than one year later, the opera travelled to the MET, the first German opera to be staged in New York after the Great War:

    • November, 19th, 1921
      Metropolitan Theater, New York
      Conductor: Artur Bodansky
      Paul: Orville Harrold
      Marie/Marietta: Maria Jeritza
      Frank: Robert Leonhardt
      Brigitta: Marion Telva
      Fritz: Mario Laurenti
      Stage Director: Samuel Thewman


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    Jeritza and Harrold

    Young Korngold was indeed on top of the operatic world....


    This is Marietta's lied sung by one of her first performers, Maria Jeritza:




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