Fritzi Jokl

Fritzi JoklFritzi Jokl was born in Vienna on March 23rd 1895. She studied with Mrs. Rosenthal-Ranner and made her debut in 1917 at the Opera House of Frankfurt am Main where she continued to appear regularly until 1922. Engagements at the Landestheater of Darmstadt (1922-23), the Volksoper of Berlin (1923-25) and at Cologne`s Opera House (1925-26) were to follow. In 1926 the artist was heard for the first time at Munich`s State Opera where she was especially admired for her Mozart-interpretations. Jokl made guest appearances at London`s Covent Garden Opera as well as at Vienna`s State Opera.

In 1932 the artist was supposed to fulfill a contract with Otto Klemperer at Berlin`s Kroll Opera but political changes in Germany made this engagement impossible for her.

In spite of her being Jewish Jokl was still able to perform in certain German theatres in front of Jewish audiences until 1936. When this, too, had become impossible she finally decided to emigrate to America but, unfortunately, was not able to continue her career there. Fritzi Jokl died in New York on October 15th 1974.