Tune into this guided tour of the exhibition My Song for You, curated by Dr. Susanne Korbel and presented by the exil.arte Center at the University of Music and Performance Art in Vienna.
Join this online tour and explore the stage and film careers as well as musical legacy of Marta Eggerth and Jan Kiepura.
Their voices inspired masses and fascinated audiences about operas and operettas at a time when the genre had already been thought of being a thing of the past.
Following the 'Anschluss' with Nazi Germany in 1938, Marta Eggerth, a Hungarian-born soprano and Jan Kiepura, a Polish tenor, who came to fame in Vienna, their chosen new home, were forced to turn their backs on Austria. When they appeared in Paris in September 1939 at the beginning of the Second World War, they realized that a return to Vienna was out of the question. They moved to New York City, and shared a fate with countless other European artists, librettists, composers and musicians. Many went into exile, and many were also arrested, imprisoned and murdered.
The exhibition not only explores the stage and film careers as well as musical legacy of Marta Eggerth and Jan Kiepura but also also captures the stories of around 100 of the couple's friends, companions and colleagues including Fritz Grünbaum, Emmerich Kálman, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Lotte Lehmann, Billy Wilder and many others.
For more information regarding the exhibition, please visit exilarte.org/ausstellung/kiepura-and-eggerth.