• Maria Jeritza and Korngold

    We can read in Maria Jeritza's memories (published in 1924. As Jeritza's herself said: "Why should an artist wait until her career is ended to write her reminiscences?" ) that, preparing with Korngold the premiere in Vienna, she commented to the composer that she was very happy to sing a role with two sides as different as Marie and Marietta.



    Maria Jeritza in the 1920s

    Of course, Korngold pointed out to Jeritza that the rol contains in fact three different sides: the young and coquettish Marietta of the First Act, the ghost of Marie, the perfect woman, Paul's impossible dream and the lustful Marietta, of overwhelming carnality, created by the subconscious of Paul in the Second and Third Act.

    But, what is the real nature of Marietta?. We hardly know anything about the young girl, beyond she is a dancer and full of life, and the suspicion that she feels attracted to Paul. But maybe the key here is a third name, this Marion, this "schön Marion" invoked in the cheerful and simple song of Gaston.



    A great version of Marietta´s Lied in the voice of Pilar Lorengar:



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