Fritzi Jokl was having a fine career in Germany, but, she was Jewish and was forced to leave in 1936. She went to America but found no chance to continue her career. In Europe she had been a leading soprano, appearing with top orchestras, colleagues and conductors. Now she found that in the United States Mozart was performed only rarely. At the Met, Fritzi Jokl's roles were the property of Lily Pons and Bidu Sayao, who had gotten there first. Then came the war. It was a loss for opera lovers that the entrancing silvery voice with its exquisite carrying tone and flawless technique was now heard only in private circles. Only a handful of recordings have kept these gifts alive and fresh. The collection on this CD includes almost everythingRead more Fritzi Jokl put on records. This CD also contains four selections by Maria Gerhart who lent a Viennese charm to all the roles she sang. Hers was a high soprano possessed of a silvery, lustrous timbre, a velvety head register and above all an absolutely secure high fifth. She was right at home at altitudes that proved daunting to many of her competitors. Read less
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