Obituary: Ljuba Welitsch
Monday 16 September 1996
Quite by chance it happened that, in 1976, nearly 30 years later, having a free evening in Vienna, I dropped in to the Volksoper for an operetta and was astonished and elated to see her name on the cast-list in the tiny part of the landlady of the hero's apartment. She was obviously a warm favourite with the audience, and her stage presence was as electrifying as ever.
As she made her exit, bearing before her the basin of slops in exactly the manner in which so long before she had borne the salver carrying the head of Jokanaan, as in your illustration, she intoned the immortal phrase, "Ich habe deinen Mund gekussen, Jokanaan" - and the house erupted. She was a truly great artist.
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