Autograph Letter Signed, two pages, octavo, Weimar, November 22, 1891. To the General Theater Director von Brousart. With a panel from the original envelope addressed to Brousart.
Walter just informed me of Frau Pichon’s cancellation. If I may be permitted to offer a respectful suggestion, I think it would be best if a guest could be found from Leipzig for the countess in the ‘Poacher,’ so as to keep the ‘Poacher’ with Frl. Schoder on Tuesday at all costs, as I really think it would be very good if the ‘Poacher’ is staged with Frl. Schoder, in many respects! On the other hand, I myself wouldn’t like to risk doing the ‘Magic Flute’ with Frl. Schoder with one rehearsal a day for any price; on Monday I have a concert, the 3 ladies [in the ‘Magic Flute’] haven’t rehearsed here; also, I think it isn’t in Frl. Schoder’s own interest to bring her out now as Pamina, in which role Frau Stavenhagen and Frl. de Klina far outshine her. But I think I can promise a great success for Frl. Schoder’s Baroness in ‘The Poacher,’ as she has an exceptional talent for the light genre and for the time being even more gifts as a soubrette, whereas the lyrical is still her weak side. Thus, if, as I say, the ‘Poacher’ can be kept for Tuesday, I think this would be most valuable and can prophesy a good performance. I would advise against the ‘Magic Flute’ under these circumstances at all costs. Perhaps Lucia [di Lammermoor] instead! Pardon this hasty scribbling, but Walter is waiting for it….
The Poacher is an opera in three acts by Albert Lortzing, with the libretto by the composer, based on a play by August von Kotzebue. The Magic Flute, is, of course, Mozart’s opera in two acts, and Lucia di Lammermoor is the opera composed by Donizetti. Fraulein Schoder is probably the later Marie Gutheil-Schoder (1874-1937), one of the leading divas in Richard Strauss’s own – later – operas.
Matted in cream and carmine red with a three-quarter-length portrait photograph of Richard Strauss seated. Framed in antiqued gilt measuring 16 1/2 inches wide by 14 inches high.
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