A real photo postcard by Hahn Nachfl of Dresden featuring an 1907 photograph of soprano Minnie Nast in the role of Cio-Cio San [Madam Butterfly].
Minnie Nast was born in Karlsruhe, Germany on 10th Oct 1874 and died in Füssen, Germany on 20th June 1956.
She studied at the Karlsruhe Conservatory, making her début at Aachen in 1897. The demand for her voice was great and she sang in USA, Canada, Russia and England. She was involved in a shipwreck in 1907 in which many lives were lost and after this she decided not to go overseas again.
In 1898 she joined the Dresden Royal Opera where she remained until retirement in 1919.
On 29th Jan 1911 in Dresden she created the role of 'Sophie' in the world première of Richard Strauss's opera Der Rosenkavalier.
She sang the part of Micaëla in the first recording of Carmen - this German language Carmen was recorded by the Gramophone and Typewriter Company in Berlin during October 1908.