(1864 - 1949) composer
In response to your letter of February 21, allow me to say that I am `not legally trained enough` [handwritten] to understand how you can possibly state, in the name of your client, that she wants to `waive` her contractual right to her vacation from April 15 to May 1 and from June 15 to July 1 when in fact all winter she has not fulfilled her contractual commitments to the National Opera, and how she can demand a guest artist honorarium for these summer months when she hasn`t fulfilled her singing contest yet. /
However, since the previous negotiations have been conducted by Director Schalk, I am happy to declare my incompetence in the Weidt case and do not want to anticipate Director Schalk in his further negotiations. I recommend therefore that Frau Weidt present her wishes in person to Director Schalk in Rome.
Since I personally feel that Frau Weidt has broken her contract, my involvement in the ongoing negotiations would probably not be very advantageous to her...
With the exquisite respect - Richard Strauss"
* Curiously, this letter refers to soprano Lucie Weidt, who became a famous Leonore in `Fidelio` and was the first Viennese Marschallin in Strauss` `Der Rosenkavalier` and created a role in Strauss` `Die Frau ohne Schatten`.
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