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Autographed sepia noir style postcard photograph of the Czech born, Austrian conductor.

Pollak (1879-1933) was born in Prague to a Jewish family.  His initial studies were in mathematics, but he also had an interest in music and enrolled in 1901 at the Prague Conservatory where he studied conducting with Karel Knittl, a conducting pupil of Bedrich Smetana. The same year as he began his studies with Knittl he was hired as the assistant chorus director of the New German Theater in Prague.  Leo Blech was the chorus director there at the time.  He remained in Prague until 1905 when he finished his studies with Knittl and then was hired to lead opera in Bremen from 1905 until 1910.  In 1910 he was hired to lead the opera in Leipzig where he stayed until 1912 when he was hired to conduct opera at Frankfurt am Main.  He remained at Frankfurt until 1917.  His success whilst in Frankfurt led to important guest engagements, the Opera de Paris and Covent Garden in 1914 and The Chicago Opera from 1915 to1917.  He left Chicago when the United States became engaged in World War I in 1917 with the Austrian diplomatic delegation.  When he returned to Germany he was appointed Generalmusikdirektor of the Hamburg Staatsoper.  In 1920 he led the World Premiere of Korngold’s “Die Todt Stadt” there. He was to remain there until 1931.  After the War, he returned to guest conducting, Rio de Janeiro and the Teatro Colon in 1928 and back to Chicago from 1929 to 1932 where he led all the performances of German Opera with the Chicago Civic Opera.  He also toured Russia in 1932.  In 1933 the Vienna Staatsoper toured Egypt with performances in Cairo and Alexandria and Pollak was the tour conductor.  He returned to Prague to conduct performances at the Neue Deutsche Theater and died of a heart attack at age 54 whilst conducting Beethoven’s “Fidelio”.

A rare autograph of an important early 20th Century conductor.

EGON POLLAK - CONDUCTOR

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