Seefried, Irmgard. (1919-1988) [Mertens, André. (1904?-1963)]
Signed Photograph to André Mertens
An original photograph of the important German soprano, a frequent collaborator with Schwarzkopf, signed and inscribed with a personal message to impresario and Columbia Artists manager André Mertens. Seefriend has penned (translated from the German): "André, this is how I will always look at you and thank you for your love and care." She dates: December 9, 1951. Photographed by Fayer of Vienna. Stamped by the photographer on the verso with some light mounting remnants; overall in fine condition. 6.75 x 9.25 inches (17.3 x 23.5 cm).
The important musical manager André Mertens began his career as the directory of the State Ministry of Fine Arts in Germany, before fleeing to the USA in 1933. There he became the founder of Columbia Artists Management and played an important role in developing the careers of artists such as Leontyne Price and Renata Tebaldi. In the post-war years, he also served as a link between the musical worlds of the USA and Europe, facilitating American tours for European orchestras under Karajan, Walter, Bernstein, and others, and recommending young American artists for European opera houses. After his death in 1963, his work was continued by his wife Clara, who also made several generous institutional bequests in his name, including the André Mertens Galleries for Musical Instruments at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.