Margarete Matzenauer as a somewhat pensive looking Brünhilde in this German post card from around the turn of the 20th
Century.

Margarete Matzenaue, the daughter of a symphony conductor and an opera singer was born in the Banat region of Hungary on
1 June, 1881. Although she was of German extraction she always considered herself Hungarian.

After studying opera at Graz and Berlin, she made her operatic debut in 1901 as "Puck" in Weber's
Oberon.  

She made her debut at the New York Metropolitan Opera in
Aida on 13 November 1911 with a cast that also featured Enrico
Caruso as Radames. Toscanini was at the podium conducting.

She sang for a total of 19 season at the Met and made her last performance there in 1930. Her final stage appearance was in a
Broadway comedy,
Vicki, in 1942.

Margarete Matzenaue passed away at the age of 18 in 1963 at the Sherman Way Convalescent Hospital in Van Nuys,
California.


Real Photo Post Card
Unknown Photographer
Germany
c. 1910