Friederike Unzelmann as Nina 1799
Friederike Unzelmann singing the aria “Wenn der herzgeliebte erscheint” (When to Nina — hapless maid! / The well-beloved shall return), specifically the lines “[ich] harre [des Geliebten] vergebens!” (Alas! I away my love in vain!).
(Wien, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Bildarchiv und Grafiksammlung, Porträtsammlung, Inventar-Nr. PORT_00015189_01, PORT_00015189_02; by permission)
Johann Gottlieb Rhode reviews her performance in 1799:
“The first time, she puts the emphasis on “harre” [wait and watch], and her countenance is the most complete and perfect embodiment of waiting and watching. Carelessly leaning on the bench, she turns her face upward and stretches out her arms. She watches and waits for the beloved, and yet she senses that she is waiting in vain. I need hardly point out to anyone possessing even a modicum of feeling for the mimetic arts just how perfectly she directs her gaze into the vast, indefinite space of heaven.”