1907 - 1994
The opera singer and actress Jarmila Novotna studied voice by Emmy Destinn and Hilbert Vavia in Prague, later she went to Antonio Guarnieri in Milan.
She began her professional career as an opera singer in 1925 with Smetana's
"Die verkaufte Braut" and aroused enthusiasm by her role as Violeta in
Verdi's "La Traviata".
Jarmila Novotna was able to expand her career beyond Prague from 1928.
She got engagements in Verona, Neapel and Berlin.
When the political mood became more and more hostile she went to Austria
where she met the composer Franz Lehar. He engaged her for the leading
role for his new play "Giuditta. Because of the huge success she was signed
on at the Viennese Staatsoper and was appointed to a Kammersängerin.
Finally Jarmila Novotna went to England where she appeared in a movie
with the title "The Last Walzt" (36).
In the USA she also appeared on Broadway (among others in "Helen of
Troy" and as Irene Adler at Basil Rathbone's side in "Sherlock Holmes")
besides the opera stage.
Jarmila Novotna retired from the public in 1956 and attended her family.
Other movies with Jarmila Novotna: