European Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives Aug 19 1968, Page 15

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European Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - August 19, 1968, Darmstadt, HessePage 16 the stats and stalks from Broadway to Munich. Happiness an Iway by James Gunter Sis Munich Bureau chief in 1963 Chorine june card tired other unrewarding life in Broadway musicals turned her Back on Newyork s Bright lights and with the last of her savings came to Germany to try her Luck with German opera. June s path converged in that Yea with that of Claire Watson a fellow new yorker with music in her Sou who with a dismal View of Manhattan impresario had come to German to further her operatic aspirations and who was already on the Way to Fame in Munich. Today five years afterwards they Are both Prima Donnas miss card a Star ring Soprano at Munich s theater miss Watson the top Singer at the National Watson who was born in new York City and studied at the East Anand Juilliard schools of music has been a fixture in the Munich opera since1958, when she Sang at the opening of the famous baroque Cuvilliez it was five years later in 1963, when she blossomed into stardom. In 1963 she Sang at the opening of the new National theater and the West German government made her a Kam mers Vengerin chamber Singer Cov eted title regarded among German sing ers in about the same Light As Knight Hood among the English. Miss Watson also was Given the bavarian order of Merit by minister president Alfonso Pei. Recognition of her artistry in Germany set up miss Watson for an International career. She made appearances in Vienna san Francisco Chicago and Salz Burg. I have never been under contract Tony opera House but always sing As a guest performer said miss wat son who studied with Elizabeth Schu Mann before her operatic debut in Graz Austria As Desdemona in Verdi s Soprano was the Mother of three children when she first set foot on the operatic stage in Graz. Her husband did t like her travelling Over half the world to sing. So she quit and went Home. I never could get the stage out of my system she said. I went Back Claire Watson shares stage with husband David thaw. S4s Pho by Damon Soprano june card zips by theater where she stars. For some More study with Sergi Skagen. Life was unbearable without something to do on the she got a divorce. In 1956 she move to Frankfurt and began to learn opera roles. Two years later Frankfurt con Ductor Georg Solti introduced her to Munich in the part of the countess i Mozart s marriage of since then she has Sung about 25 roles everything from Mozart and Verdi and Puccini to the lighter parts in Wagner and Strauss. Four years ago she was singing in Tchaikovsky s Eugene onegin in Frankfurt when Shemet David thaw a Tenor in the same cast. The meeting resulted in a wed Ding. They often find roles together in the same operas now. Watson will fulfil an old am b Ilion next january when she makes her Hometown debut singing the Origi Nal Ariadne with the Boston sym phony orchestra in Carnegie avid Gardener she also loves to Cook International dishes for her fam ily at their Munich apartment. We re so glad when we have a free night together that we stay Home with the children she at the theater am Gaertner Platz june card holds Sway but no for Long. She will move to the Frankfurt opera where she made guest appear ances last fall. During the summer miss card May be heard in an outdoor production of Moart s Zaide in Munich. I never really studied music said s aps in i St l t s v is photo by Damon Misi card gave up Broadway s dirty politics for German opera. Mary Neth editor the energetic red haired Singer who was born in Dunkirk n.y., and moved to Washington when she was 6. "1 studied journalism at the University of Florida but i did have a Little Harmony an voice during one semester at mannes College in new miss card leaped into the Broadway swirl and got a Job As a nun in the sound of music then went on to a Jobin the unsinkable Molly Brown and became understudy for Barbara Cookin the Gay life in 1963 she dropped the whole business. I did t like the dirty politics of Roadway and i did t like singing eight times a week she said. So starved for a year studied voice witty May Browner of new York and auditioned for opera companies i not with the last of her Broadway Sav miss Watson in Ings miss card moved to in Many and Sang for agents. The a Milt was an engagement in the opera at a Lofti "80 " where she Learned 14 roles in two sea sons. Then came the by jump Regensburg to Munich. I sent Thorn my reviews and peered them she said. The Manaj finally came to recon Sun Siny Violetto in Verdi s i Uuie and that got me the card starred in a " " Jwj productions at Gaertn a plus t la � son singing As Many a Juncos a week. She also trained it Ballet to keep in Shapi it i flow Inas Olympia the Nur Hascal Flo Offenbach s tales of Hoffman does the part in toe slices. H miss card lives with a piano in a it be apartment. She flits us nit a it. Red convertible and reads l , has heroine Lur

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