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    					  Fritzi Scheff 
				     Table of Contents     					  Antonio Scotti

The Mapleson Cylinders - Program Notes

- Artists
- The Artists -- with an index to their Mapleson recordings
- Ernestine Schumann-Heink

Ernestine Schumann-Heink


(1861-1936), Austrian (later naturalized American) contralto from Lieben, made her official Metropolitan Opera debut on January 9, 1899, as Ortrud in Lohengrin, following tour appearances with the company in Chicago. During 1902-03, her salary was $4,000 per month; for six months and one week, she was paid $25,000. She performed forty-two times in opera, at seven Sunday-night concerts, and in thirty-six outside engagements, with the Met retaining all concert fees. She sang Ortrud, the Shepherd in Tannhäuser, Fidès in Prophète, Erda and Flosshilde in Rheingold, Fricka and Waltraute in Walküre, Erda in Siegfried, Brangäne, the Prologo in Mancinelli's Ero e Leandro, and Magdalene in Meistersinger. On Sunday nights, she performed in the Verdi Requiem and the Rossini Stabat Mater, as well as singing one of her most famous numbers, the "Brindisi" from Lucrezia Borgia. In subsequent seasons, Schumann-Heink undertook lengthy concert tours, and appeared on Broadway in Love's Lottery. Thereafter, she appeared only sporadically at the Met, but returned in 1932 to sing her operatic farewell, as Erda in Siegfried, at the age of 70.

TRISTAN (Brangäne): Side 9/Band 7; Side 12/Band 8

WALKÜRE (Fricka): Side 10/Band 4

WALKÜRE (Waltraute): Side 10/Bands 5-8

    					  Fritzi Scheff 
				     Table of Contents     					  Antonio Scotti