Gadski's Message to British Officer (LOC)

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When: 01 January 1910

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Bain News Service,, publisher.

Gadski's Message to British Officer

[between ca. 1910 and ca. 1920]

1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards.
Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

Format: Glass negatives.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

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Call Number: LC-B2- 3712-5


Owner: The Library of Congress
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    • 08/Sep/2013 05:15:49

    "Johanna Gadski (15 June 1872 – 22 February 1932) was a German soprano blessed with a secure, powerful, ringing voice, fine musicianship and an excellent technique. These attributes enabled her to enjoy a top-flight career in New York City and London, performing heavy dramatic roles in the German and Italian repertoires." Inscription on the photo says "To Lieut. Hodgkinson with best wishes and in remembrance of my "Liebestod" Record - Johanna Gadski - 1915" IMO "Liebestod" (love-death) is a scene (aria) in Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde" (and "record" may stand for "scene" in this context I presume).

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    • 10/Sep/2013 12:21:15

    "Record" may actually mean "recording." is an upload of a recording she made in 1907 for Victor. The sound recording on Youtube is accompanied by some still photos, including another autographed copy of this one.

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    • 10/Sep/2013 23:09:41

    [[email protected]] Maybe - but I don't think that this track from 1907 has any relation to the photo from 1915. The inscription could refer to an audio recording in 1915 of course (though I hardly can imagine what a British Officer has to do with an audio recording). And if it refers to a gramophone record (disc), why is it on a photograph? Or perhaps Johanna Gadski sang this aria louder than any other opera singer before ... ;-)

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    • 11/Sep/2013 01:30:15

    @B-59: I was imagining that the photo is promotional material that she had around to autograph for adoring fans and that the British Officer came up to her in 1915 and told her how much he loved the 1907 recording.

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    • 11/Sep/2013 15:12:17

    It looks like she also recorded the aria in 1915:

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    Kristi (LOC P&P)

    • 19/Sep/2013 20:12:23

    Thanks for all the research on Gadski. It looks like we can at least add a few facts to the description, even if the full meaning of her inscription remains somewhat elusive!