Königin von Saba, Die (‘The Queen of Sheba’)
- Alfred Clayton
Opera in four acts by karl Goldmark to a libretto by salomon hermann Mosenthal , after I Kings 10; Vienna, Hofoperntheater, 10 March 1875.
Goldmark’s most famous work was inspired by the striking mezzo-soprano voice of his pupil, Caroline Bettelheim; a chance remark comparing her beauty to that of the Queen of Sheba led Goldmark to embark on the opera, whose principal character is sung by a mezzo. (However, Bettelheim never sang the role she inspired.) A libretto written in ...