Autograph - 1909
Autograph in French “Souvenir de Johanna Gadski” on 3″ x 2.5″ cream card, dated Dec 1909 on reverse.
Johanna Gadski (1872-1932) was a German soprano blessed with a secure, powerful, ringing voice, fine musicianship and an excellent technique. These attributes enabled her to enjoy a top-flight career in New York City and London, performing heavy dramatic roles in the German and Italian repertoires.
During her prime, Gadski was particularly celebrated on both sides of the Atlantic as a Wagnerian singer; but she was equally splendid as a performer of the more taxing Italian operatic roles such as Aida by Verdi. She had a beautiful voice in her prime, with auditorium-filling high notes and a remarkably nimble technique for such a large vocal instrument. Gadski made numerous, impressive recordings in the United States prior to World War One.
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