Maria Jeritza


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Maria Jeritza (October 6, 1887 – July 10, 1982), born Marie Jedličková, was a celebrated Moravian soprano singer, long associated with the Vienna State Opera (1912–1935) and the Metropolitan Opera (1921-1932 and 1951). Her sensational rise to fame and spectacular beauty and personality earned her the nickname The Moravian Thunderbolt.

Jeritza was born in Brno. In 1910, she made her ... more »

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  • ''The real exertion in the case of an opera singer lies not so much in her singing as in her acting of a role, for nearly every modern opera makes great dramatic and physical demands.''
    Maria Jeritza (1887-1982), Austrian opera singer. Sunlight and Song, ch. 13 (1924).
  • My chance, when it came, was due, literally, to the fact that I was slender.... You cannot make an opera audience believe that a man will endanger his soul, and commit robbery and murder for a very st...
    Maria Jeritza (1887-1982), Austrian opera singer. Sunlight and Song, ch. 21 (1924). Explaining why she was selected to sing the role of Aphrodite,...
  • It is hard to describe the thrill of creative joy which the artist feels when the conviction seizes her that at last she has caught the very soul of the character she wishes to portray, in the music a...
    Maria Jeritza (1887-1982), Austrian opera singer. Sunlight and Song, ch. 21 (1924).
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