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    Schumann-Heink sings Gruber's Stille Nacht


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    Another Christmas request. Ernestine Schumann-Heink (1861-1936, née Tini Rössler in Libeň, presently Czech Republic). Her breakthrough came with the title role of Carmen (without rehearsal!) around 1905. She performed with Gustav Mahler and became well known for her Wagner performances at Bayreuth (1896-1914). From 1898 through many decades she sang at the NY Metropolitan. She made the first of her many recordings in 1900. In 1909 she created Clytemnestra in debut of Richard Strauss' Elektra. In 1915 she appeared as herself in the early documentary film Mabel and Fatty Viewing the World's Fair at San Francisco, which was directed by and starred Fatty Arbuckle. She lost nearly all her assets in the crash of 1929 and was forced to sing again already 69 years old. Her last performance at the Met was in 1931, aged 71. In her later years she had a weekly radio program. This lovely recording was made in 1926. The organ accompaniment is performed by Stewart Wille.