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MUSIC FAN. A unique “brise” fan made up of twenty-three 14½-inch wooden sticks signed by nearly 50 famous individuals from the world of theatre and opera, belonging to Hungarian-born, German opera singer THERESE ROTHAUSER (1865-1943), a famous interpreter of Mozart and leading performer in Leipzig and Berlin; murdered during the holocaust. The signatures, written on both sides of the fan, date from circa 1893 to 1907 and include:
MARIE KAHLE KESSLER, (1844-1896). German Actress.
VIRGINIA GUERRINI, (1871-1948). Italian mezzo-soprano.
RICHARD KAHLE, (1842-1916). German actor and husband of Marie Kessler.
ANNA SCHRAMM, (1835-1916). German soprano and actress.
FEODOR “THEODOR” CHALIAPIN(1873-1938). Russian opera singer.
AMANDA LINDNER, (1868-1951). German actress.
JOSEF NESPER, (1844-1929). Austrian actor.
WILHELM ARNDT, (?-?). German actor.
MARIA DE MACCHI, (1870-1909). Italian soprano.
ADOLF KLEIN, (1847-1931). German actor and director.
ENRICO CARUSO, (1873-1921; signed twice). Italy’s greatest tenor.
ROSA SUCHER, (1849-1927). German Wagnerian soprano.
ELISABETH LEISINGER, (1863-1933). German coloratura.
ADALBERT MATKOWSKY, (1857-1909). German actor.
JOSEPH SUCHER, (1843-1908). Hungarian-born, German composer.
FRANZ BETZ, (1835-1900). German bass-baritone, created the role of Hans Sachs in Wagner’s Die Meistersingerand Wotan in Der Ring des Nibelungen.
LILLI LEHMANN, (1848-1929). Great German soprano.
THERESE ROTHAUSER, (1865-1943). Opera singer and the fan’s owner, on which she lists the date of her engagements as a member of the Royal Prussian Court Opera from 1889-1914, the time she performed in Berlin.
FERDINAND SUSKE, (1857-1907). Austrian actor.
THEODOR REICHMANN, (1849-1903). German baritone. Created the role of Amfortas in Wagner’s Parsifal.
IDA HIEDLER, (1867-1932). Austrian opera singer.
OSCAR SAUER, (1856-1918). German actor.
LUDWIG BARNAY, (1842-1924). Well-known German-Jewish actor.
FRANCESCA D’ANDRADE (1856-1921). Major Portuguese baritone known for his Don Giovanni and who was especially popular in Germany.
AINO ACKTÉ, (1876-1944). Famous Finnish soprano.
EUGEN D’ALBERT, (1864-1932). Scottish-born, German pianist, Liszt pupil and prolific composer.
SIGFRIED WAGNER, (1869-1930). German composer and conductor; son of Richard Wagner
ARTURO VIGNA, (1863-1927). Italian opera conductor.
OTTO SCHELPER, (1844-1906). Famous German baritone
MAX POHL, (1855-1935). Austrian actor
GEORG ENGELS, (1846-1907). German actor.
EMILIE HERZOG, (1859-1923). German soprano who created the role of Drolla in Wagner’s Die Feen (The Fairies).
JOSEF KAINZ, (1858-1910). Famous Austrian actor.
TERESINA SOMMERSTORFF, (?-?). Austrian actress.
OTTO SOMMERSTORFF, (1859-1934). Austrian actor and poet.
DR. KARL MUCK, (1859-1940). German conductor, especially of Wagner; unjustly accused of being a spy.
During the 19th and 20th century, collecting signatures on a lady’s fan, an essential accessory of women’s fashion, was not at all unusual. Any female attendee of a concert, play or operatic performance would have had her fan readily at hand, making it an obvious surface for the collection of signatures of celebrities and prominent members of society.
Our fan belonged to Therese Rothauser who created several of Mahler’s works in Leipzig and performed Max Bruch’s Die Loreley and Carl Maria von Weber’s Die drei Pintos. She spent 25 years at the Berlin Hofoper, appearing in the 1907 German premiere of Puccini’s Madam Butterfly and the 1911 Berlin premiere of Strauss’ Die Rosenkavalier. Her immense talent was recognized by Emperor Wilhelm II who gifted her with a sapphire broach after a performance of Carmen. Following her retirement from the stage, she taught voice in Berlin but, as a Jew, was later transported to Theresienstadt and murdered at the age of 77.
Measuring roughly 26½ inches when open. Restrung with modern ribbon and in very good condition.
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