Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Released for the first time in digital format Herta Glaz sings Schubert
Madame Glaz (1910-2006) outside the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House
The name Herta Glaz (sometimes Hertha) is today perhaps lost, except to a small group of dedicated fans and friends. She truly was one of the last of the great Jewish Holocaust refugee opera singers. She was very lucky to be on tour in the United States under the management of Sol Hurok when the Anschluss occured.
The mezzo-soprano born in Vienna at one time was one of the most sought after lieder singers in the United States. Her rendition of Schubert's lied Fruhlingstraum is absolutely delightful, with a true sense of the composition and a clear, bright and yes luxurious sound. The recording we just put up on YouTube to our knowledge has never before been released in digital format.