Postcard of the week ending
Saturday, 7 February 2009

Alexander Girardi (1850-1918), star of Viennese operetta, as Franz Torelli,
and Mizzi Zwerenz (1876-1947), Hungarian singer and actress, as Nelli Leitner
in Künstlerblut, Carltheater, Vienna, 20 October 1906

Alexander Girardi as Franz Torelli and Mizzi Zwerenz as Nelli Leitner

'Sapperment, wenn ich un 20 Jahre jünger wär!'
('Upon my soul, if I were only 20 years younger!')

Alexander Girardi as Franz Torelli
and Mizzi Zwerenz as Nelli Leitner in
Künstlerblut,
Carltheater, Vienna, 20 October 1906

(photo: L. Sutmann, Vienna, 1906)

This colour halftone postcard of a scene from the operetta Künstlerblut, written by Leon Stein and Carl Lindau, with music by Edmund Eysler, was published in Vienna in 1906 by Druck J. Gerstmayer, series VIII, no. 40. The leading roles in this production were played by Alexander Girardi, Mizzi Zwerenz and the tenor Max Rohr.

Recording: Girardi singing 'Fiakerlied.'

For further information, see Kurt Gänzl, The Encyclopedia of The Musical Theatre, Blackwell, Oxford, 1994.

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