Maria Jeritza (Marie Jedličková), Diva (1887 - 1982)

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Birthplace: Brno, South Moravia, Czech Republic
Death: Died in Orange, Essex County, NJ, USA
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Maria Jeritza From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Maria Jeritza 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 debut as Elsa, in Wagner's Lohengrin, at Olomouc. The Emperor Franz Josef heard her and immediately commanded that she be offered a contract at the Imperial Hofoper, Vienna. She created the roles of Blanchefleur in Kienzl's opera Der Kuhreigen (1911), Ariadne in Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos (1912), the Empress in his Die Frau ohne Schatten (1919), and Marie/Marietta in Korngold's Die tote Stadt (1920), the latter also being the role of her debut with the Metropolitan Opera on November 19, 1921. On November 16, 1926, she starred in the title role of Puccini's Turandot in its North American premiere at the Metropolitan, where she also created the title or leading soprano roles in Leoš Janáček's Jenůfa (1924), Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari's I gioielli della Madonna (1925), Korngold's Violanta (1927), Richard Strauss' Die Ägyptische Helena (1928), and Franz von Suppé's Boccaccio (1931) and Donna Juanita (1932.) Her popularity at the Metropolitan was, as in Vienna, immense, especially as Tosca, Carmen and Massenet's Thaïs. After a short, only two-year marriage to Mr. Wiener, Jeritza's second husband was an Austrian Baron, Friedrich Leopold Salvator Freiherr Popper von Podhragy (1886-1953). Her next husband, the third one, was (1935) a Hollywood mogul Winfield R. Sheehan, who died in 1945. In 1948 she married New Jersey businessman Irving Seery and moved to a mansion located in the Forest Hill neighborhood of Newark, New Jersey where she made her home until her death in 1982, at age 94. She died in Orange, New Jersey, and is interred at Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington, New Jersey. Jeritza made a number of 78-rpm recordings which testify to the high quality of her voice. Many of these recordings have been released on CD. [edit]External links

Maria Jeritza on Find-A-Grave Maria Jeritza in the Internet Movie Database Erik Eriksson's Brief Biography of Maria Jeritza See also: Jedlička

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Maria Jeritza, Diva's Timeline

1887
October 6, 1887
Brno, South Moravia, Czech Republic
1919
March 31, 1919
Age 31
Vienna,, AUT
1935
1935
Age 47
1982
July 10, 1982
Age 94
Orange, Essex County, NJ, USA
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North Arlington, Bergen, NJ, USA