Living in The Cottage of Vienna , Vienna City of Music

Maria Jeritza – Visiting Her Vienna Home

Jan 8, 2017
Maria Jeritza – born Marie Jedličková  (6 Oct. 1887 – 10 July 1982)
  – The Opera Legend who helped to rebuild the Wiener Staatsoper after the WW II.
In Vienna Maria Jeritza would have been my next door neighbour, and  her life and memories seem to unroll before me each and every new day, as I literally follow the footsteps of the great Diva to her home in Vienna.  

Maria Jeritza‘s Vienna Home in Max Emanuelstrasse 17, on a perfect (frosty) winter morning on 2 January 2017. Villa Schapira.


(1) Maria Jeritza set the eternal standards on how to sing/act the role of Puccini’s opera TOSCA.
Here is a photo of Puccini visiting Maria  in Vienna. 

From Maria Jeritza’s autobiography “Sunlight and Song”. Inside Maria Jeritza’s home.

Maria Jeritza set the eternal standards on how to sing/act the role of Puccini’s TOSCA. Here is a photo of her in that role.

This is what the “Neues Wiener Journal” writes on  21 Januar 1922, after the news of Jeritza’s overwhelming triumph in the Metropolitan Opera’s Tosca production in New York had spread.
“Even the noble Ladies could not help but stand up from their balcony seats and join in the outbursts of excitement and pleasure. This went on for several minutes…”
The article is in German. For a full translation please contact me through my translation page

Neues Wiener Journal, 1922/1 “anno”, Austrian National Library;(2) At the height of her success, Maria Jeritza received her title “K.K Hofopernsängerin” “Imperial Court Opera Singer” signed by Emperor Franz Joseph himself. She was the last singer to receive such Imperial honour.

The Villa in the Spring of 2016. A busy and slightly rainy day, and the 10A bus is on its way down the hill towards Gersthof. Opposite the road is the beautiful Türkenschanzpark, with the wooden Pavillion (left), rebuilt just a few years ago.

The postcard below gives an idea of the view of the Jeritza Villa with the  ‘Paulinenwarte’, the observation tower that could also be seen from the Cottage Sanatorium, which is focused in a series of blog entries. 

Here is a photo series of the Villa in the gentle sunlight of a Spring morning in 2016.

Villa Schapira

[caption id="attachment_2905" align="aligncenter" width="2000"] Villa Schapira, Max Emanuel-Straße 17


Stucco Head at Villa Shapira, Vienna


Finally one more step back in time to the 1950‘s, when the house was used as a location spot for an Austrian film. The photo below is taken from a house that had not been built yet.

Maria Jeritza sings in a live broadcast via shortwave radio from Vienna to the USA, on 29 September 1935. She sings: “I Love You Truly”  by Carrie Jacobs-Bond, and then the aria “Liebe du Himmel auf Erden” from the Operetta “Paganini”  by Franz Lehar. She is accompanied by the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.

 Text, translations, images ©rleeb, except where stated otherwise. 2016   All rights reserved.

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  • Reply Bablofil January 12, 2017 at 5:10 am

    Thanks, great article.

  • Reply Benz January 18, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Gruss aus Brno! Love !

    • Reply AUREA January 19, 2017 at 1:14 pm

      Vielen Dank, schöne Grüße zurück aus Wien!

  • Reply Regina Jürgens February 5, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Grüße aus Brünn und Wien! Ich schreibe meine Diplomarbeit über Madame Maria Jeritza. Bitte schicken Sie mir alle Ihnen bekannte Informationen über diese Berühmte Opernsängerin zu. DANKE sehr! Liebe Grüße Regina
    Great Greetings from Brno and Vienna! i am writing Diplo-work about Madame Maria Jeritza. Please to send me all Information. THANK YOU so much! Kind regards Regina Juergens

    • Reply AUREA February 5, 2017 at 12:17 pm

      Hello Regina, thanks for your message. Maria Jeritza would have been our neighbour. I am happy to be in touch with you via e mail. Greetings from Vienna.

  • Reply rjeOn March 14, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    Es mensaje muy bueno

  • Reply Regina Jürgens June 23, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Hi Aurea, please, tell me when (in how time or years) did Maria Jeritza live in this villa Shapira? Thank you. It is for me very importand to know it. Thank you.
    Kind regards Regina

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