ERNESTINE SCHUMANN-HEINK - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH 05/24/1913 - HFSID 58994
Sale Price $378.00
Signed photo of the Austrian-American operatic singer
Photograph signed: "With love/Schumann-Heink/Chicago May 24/1913". B/w, 2½x3½ overall, image 2¼x2¾ (one surface). Ernestine Schumann-Heink (1861-1936) was born near Prague, in what was then the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Born Ernestine Roessler, she took her hyphenated name from the first two of her three husbands. From the late 1880s to the early 1900s, her exceptional contralto voice was heard frequently at concerts and festivals throughout Europe. She was known for her interpretations of Wagner and Strauss. In 1905, she took out US naturalization papers. In 1910 she took up residence near San Diego, becoming a major figure in that community. She often sang holiday classics like "Silent Night" and "Auld Lang Syne" at public gatherings, and her German-language recording of "Silent Night" earned sales for Victor Red Seal records unmatched by any other artist. When the U.S. entered World War I, Schumann-Heink put herself wholeheartedly behind the American war effort, promoting Liberty Bonds and entertaining troops, despite having a brother in command of an Austrian warship and a son in the German navy. Light corner creases. Otherwise, fine condition.
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