A Noble Prince and Fair Princess — Swan Messengers of Love—A Royal Romance — The Love-sick Maiden — Indra and the Rishis — The Swayamvara—Gods Descend from Heaven—Nala’s Mission—Interview with Damayanti — A Faithful Lover—Gathering of Rajahs—Gods Rejected by Damayanti — The Choice of Nala—Wedding Gifts of the Gods — The Royal Marriage — Kali the Demon—Plot to Ruin Nala.
Once upon a time there reigned in Nishadha (The south-eastern division of Central India.) a great rajah of choicest virtues whose name was Nala. He had great skill in taming steeds; he was a peerless archer, and was devoted to truth. Nala commanded a mighty army: like to the sun was his splendor, and he was exalted over all other kings as is the monarch of the gods. He had withal great piety, and he was deeply read in the Vedas, but he was ever a passionate lover of dice. Many a high-born lady spoke his praises, for he was generous of heart, and self-controlled, and the guardian of law. Indeed, Nala was a very present Manu (An incarnation of Manu, the first lawgiver). Continue reading →
Fritzi Massary (Friederika Masaryk, 1882-1969) was an Austrian singer and actress. She grew up in Vienna as the oldest of three daughters of a Jewish merchant family and received early singing lessons. Richard Schulz engaged her in August 1904 for the Metropol Theater Berlin**. She soon became the figurehead of this theater. She starred in numerous operettas by Paul Lincke and Victor Hollaender. She was the most famous operetta singer of her time, and the female population was based according to their fashionable taste. When she married actor Max Pallenberg, she converted to Protestantism. The flight from the Nazis in 1932 meant the end of her career. She emigrated in 1939 to her daughter in the United States and settled in Beverly Hills Hollywood where she lived until her death. Her urn is on the Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Glendale.
* The Teresina is an operetta in three acts by Oscar Straus based on a libretto by Rudolph Schanzer and Ernst Welisch. The work was premiered on 11 September 1925 at the German Artists Theater in Berlin.
** The Metropol theater was opened in 1898 by Richard Schultz in the Behringstr. 55-57 (today’s home of the Komische Oper). In the “Golden Twenties”, the Metropolitan has developed into a world-famous operetta stage, which also played new music from the USA with original ensembles. On the program were revues and other works of “light entertainment” with well-known singers such as Lizzi Waldmüller, Richard Tauber and Fritzi Massary. In National Socialism the operation of the Metropol went on as usual, except that Jewish members of the ensemble, as in all German theaters were no longer allowed to occur. In March 1945, bombs destroyed the theater in Behrenstraße down to the auditorium, which was preserved and used since 1947 as the Komische Oper.
Actress Maria Corda (Mária Antónia Farkas) in glamour art deco costume, 1925.
Maria Conrad, 1898-1976, in a dark red velvet cape with wide Swan trimming. Mary Conrad was a Hungarian silent film star in Austria and Germany. In 1927 she moved with her husband Alexander Corda to Hollywood. Her later years of life were spent in the vicinity of Geneva in Switzerland.
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