Jarmila Novotná (born September 23, 1907, in Prague; died February 9, 1994, in New York City) was a celebrated Czech soprano and, from 1940 to 1956, a star of the Metropolitan Opera.
A student of Emmy Destinn, Novotná made her operatic debut at the Prague Opera House, on June 28, 1925, as Marenka in Smetana's The Bartered Bride. Six days later, she sang there as Violetta in Verdi's La traviata. In 1928 she starred in Verona as Gilda opposite Giacomo Lauri-Volpi in Verdi's Rigoletto and at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples as Adina opposite Tito Schipa in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore. In 1929 she joind the Kroll Opera in Berlin, where she sang Violetta as well as the title roles of Puccini's Manon Lescaut and Madama Butterfly.
In 1934 she left Berlin for Vienna, where she created the title role in Lehár's Giuditta. Her immense success in that role led to a contract with the Vienna State Opera, where she was named Kammersängerin.
On January 5, 1940, she made her debut with the Metropolitan...
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The Search is a 1948 film directed by Fred Zinnemann which tells the story of a young Auschwitz survivor and his mother who search for each other across postwar Europe. It stars Montgomery Clift, Ivan Jandl, Jarmila Novotna and Aline MacMahon.One oft cited feature of this film is that many of the scenes were shot amidst the actual ruins of post-war German cities, namely Ingolstadt, Nuremburg, and Würzburg. The film begins in documentary style at a post-World War II railway station. Trains bring homeless children (Displaced Persons or DPs) who are taken by Mrs. Murray (Aline MacMahon) and other United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNNRA) workers to a nearby transit camp, where they are fed and cared for.The next morning, the children are interviewed by UNNRA officials to try to identify them and reunite them if possible with their families. One boy causes a problem, responding to all questions with, “Ich weiß nicht” (“I don’t know”).The boy is Karel (Ivan Jandl)....
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