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Königin von Saba, Die (‘The Queen of Sheba’)locked

  • Alfred Clayton

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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 ...

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