ONLINE EXHIBITION OPENING AND TALK
MY SONG FOR YOU - MARTA EGGERTH AND JAN KIEPURA BETWEEN TO WORLDS
TUESDAY, OCT 20 2020 - TUESDAY, OCT 20 2020
Their voices inspired masses and fascinated audiences about operas and operettas at a time when the genre had already been thought of being a thing of the past.
Following the "Anschluss" with Nazi Germany in 1938, Marta Eggerth, a Hungarian-born soprano and Jan Kiepura, a Polish tenor, who came to fame in Vienna, their chosen new home, were forced to turn their backs on Austria. When they appeared in Paris in September 1939 at the beginning of the Second World War, they realized that a return to Vienna was out of the question. They moved to New York City, and shared a fate with countless other European artists, librettists, composers and musicians. Many went into exile, and many were also arrested, imprisoned and murdered.
"My Song for You" is an exhibition curated by Dr. Susanne Korbel and presented by the exil.arte Center at the University of Music and Performance Art in Vienna shows the stage and film careers and musical legacy of Marta Eggerth and Jan Kiepura. The show also captures the stories of around 100 of the couple's friends, companions and colleagues including Fritz Grünbaum, Emmerich Kálman, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Lotte Lehmann, Billy Wilder and many others.
The live-streamed opening ceremony will take place simultaneously at the University of Music and Performance in Vienna (mdw), and at the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York on October 20, 2020. The ceremony will include welcome statements from Wolfgang Sobotka, the President of the Austrian Parliament, Ulrike Sych, the President of mdw; Gerold Gruber, founder of exil.arte and head of the exil.arte Center of the mdw, as well as curator Susanne Korbel. They will be joined by ACFNY Director Michael Haider and Marjan Kiepura, Marta Eggerth's and Jan Kiepura's son, his wife, Jane Knox- Kiepura, and the New York City based opera expert, Ken Benson. Ramon Vargas of the Vienna Staatsoper will give a performance. The entire opening event from Vienna and New York will be in English.
The one- hour ceremony at the ACFNY will be followed by a private Q&A session with the NYC- panelists and a socially-distanced light lunch and refreshment offering. Media representatives and music critics interested in physically attending the ceremony at the ACFNY are invited to contact MaryKat Hoeser, Head of Communications at the ACFNY, at firstname.lastname@example.org by October 10, 2020.
Due to the current COVID-19 related restrictions and safety measures, only a very limited number of representatives will be admitted.
Viewers interested in participating in this online event can watch on the ACFNY Youtube Channel or via Zoom link, which will be available on our website prior to the event.
For more information regarding the exhibition, please visit exilarte.org/ausstellung/kiepura-and-eggerth.
Above: Jan Kiepura's role as Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto at the Metropolitan Opera
Image Credit: exil.arte