1950. 10 x 8.25 inches, no place, no date, circa 1950 -- a vintage shoulder-up photograph depicting Baccaloni in the role of Don Pasquale. Inscribed: "To Arthur St. Brackbill, Sincerely, Salvatore Baccaloni." Near fine condition. Italian bass opera star often regarded as the greatest buffo artist of the 20th century. Baccaloni was encouraged by Arturo Toscanini to pursue comic roles such as Rigoletto and Leporello in Don Giavanni, a move which culminated into his being in demand at every major...
Rome: 1915. 1 page on heavy-stock beige construction paper measuring 5.25 x 9 inches. Signed: "Gemma Bellincioni", Rome 1915." Near fine condition. Italian soprano and one of the best-known opera singers of the late 19th century. She is credited with creating the role of Santuzza in Pietro Mascagni's landmark opera "Cavalleria Rusticana."
New York: 1940. 4 pages, 9.5 x 6 inches, New York, January 11, no year, circa 1940. Bjoerling's signature adorns the top of this program for a recital he gave as part of an artists series at Maryville College. Includes the full signature of his frequent pianist, Harry Ebert, in blue ink. Very good condition. One of the most highly regarded opera tenors of the 20th century.
Chicago: 1957. 1 page, trimmed from a larger sheet to 5.75 x 7.25 inches, Chicago, November 29, 1957. Portion of a program of Tosca at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, leader roles sung by the Swedish-born tenor and the American soprano, showing the cast list and the date and time of the performance. Advertisement on the back; small chip on the bottom edge. Very good(-) condition.
London: 1911. 1 page on a sepia-tone postcard featuring Caruso in suit and tie measuring 5 x 3.5 inches, London, May 19, 1911. Boldly signed on the front; handwritten note in Italian on the back to his friend Riccardo Stracciari, whom Caruso addresses as "Celebre Artista Lirico." Accompanied by a translation: "Thanks for your note that gave me so much pleasure. I'm all right [in English]. I thank God and the newspapers with their stupid stories for keeping alive the...
Azzali, 1987. Text in Italian. Illustrated with black and white photographs. 265 pages, large 8vo, black cloth, dust wrapper. Azzali, 1987. A fine copy in a near fine dust wrapper. Presentation copy, signed and inscribed in Italian by the author on the title page: "A Francesco... Carlamaria" as well as by Renata Tebaldi on the front free endpaper: "To Francesco... Renata Tebali, 1995."
New York: Putnam, 1977. Illustrated with black-and-white photographs. 448 pages, 8vo, white cloth, dust wrapper (price clipped and gently worn). New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, (1977). A near fine copy in a very good dust wrapper. Inscribed on the front free endpaper for the philanthropists Edith and Martin Segal: "For Edith & Marty - With respect & love. Schuyler Chapin. December 1977."
1870. 1 page, 3.5 x 8.5 inches, no place, no date, circa 1870. Fine signature and salutation removed from a letter: "very sincerely yours, F. N. Crouch." Vertical folds; very good condition. English composer and cellist who emigrated to the United States in 1849, settling in Richmond Virginia. During the Civil War, Crouch took up arms and played the trumpet for the Confederacy. He is best known for the composition "Kathleen Mavourneen" as well for two operas he completed in America.
New York: 1884. 2 pages, 8 x 5 inches, New York, February 26, 1884. In this letter, Damrosch inquires about renting a summer cottage on Long Island, in part: "At Miss Johnston's tea the other afternoon you had the kindness to mention a place to me where I could rent a cottage for the summer -- East Hampden I think. I now take the liberty of asking you whether you could tell me the name of an agent there to...
1923. 7.25 x 5.25-inch sepia-tone bust-portrait of De Luca dressed in a suit and tie, looking at the camera. Inscribed in white ink at the bottom: "To Dr Austin very sincerely Giuseppe De Luca 1923." Float-mounted on a gray background, matted in white, and set in a white wooden frame measuring 12.5 x 10.5 inches. Near fine condition. Italian baritone who performed all over the world, including a 20-year run at The Met from 1915 to 1935.
New York: 1911. Ornate partially-printed calling card, 2.5 x 4 inches, deckle edged, with a printed four-bar musical quotation of an unknown composition by Czech composer Bedrich Smetan. Boldly signed above her printed name: "Emmy Destinn 1911 New York." Light spotting and mounting remnants on the back, but still in very good(+) condition. Czech operatic soprano with a strong and soaring lyric-dramatic voice. She died from complications of a stroke at the age of 52.
New York: Greystone Press, 1938. Frontispiece and many other black-and-white photographs. 303 pages, purple cloth (spine and edges faded). New York: The Greystone Press, (1938). First Edition. Very good(-). Inscribed and signed in full on the front free endpaper: "For Mrs Charles Henry Hamilton In remembrance of Geraldine Farrar. 18 November 1938."
New York: Greystone Press, 1938. Frontispiece and many other black-and-white photographs. 303 pages, purple cloth (spine and edges faded). New York: The Greystone Press, (1938). First Edition. Very good(-). Inscribed and signed in full on the front free endpaper: "To a good friend Frances Starr in affectionate regard, Geraldine Farrar."
Connecticut: 1932. Autographed letter signed in full by the opera and film star whose dynamic stage persona earned her a following of 'Gerryflappers' in the early 20th Century. This gracious thank you note was written to a newspaper columnist in response to a kind review. Four pages on personal stationery, 5.25" x 4". Connecticut, February 29, 1932. "...It's most kind of you to have had me in mind--and in your column! I thank you for the note that enclosed your...
Ridgefield, CT: 1929. Autographed thank you letter signed in full by the opera and film star whose dynamic stage persona earned her a following of 'Gerryflappers' in the early 20th century. Two pages on personal stationery, 8vo, Ridgefield, CT, September 13, 1929. "...Your letter -- and two copies of McCall's Magazine arrived today. Thanks for the message -- and to whomever was kind enough to forward the reading material..."
1910. 4.75 x 3.25-inch photo of Farrar in costume as Elsa from Richard Wagner's opera "Lohengrin" -- no place, no date, circa 1910. Boldly signed in full at the bottom. Double-matted in red and gold and set in a speckled gold wooden frame measuring 10 x 8.5 inches. Fine condition. American opera singer and film actress; daughter of major league baseball player Sid Farrar.
Boston: 1910. Fine vintage sepia photograph, 10.25 x 8.75 inches including the 1.5-inch white border, Boston, no date, circa 1910. This dramatic full-portrait photo depicts Farrar standing in front of a flowered fountain, wearing a theatrically beaded, low-cut gown, a flowery headband, and a string of pearls. Signed in full on the wide border below the photo. Identification stamp on verso. Small chip on the bottom edge; otherwise near fine condition. Opera singer whose followers were known as 'Gerryflappers.'.
1965. 1 page, 5.5 x 8.5 inches, sketch for the second scene of the opera "Weep Torn Land," St. Louis water front, 18 bars of music with the lyrics for the men's choir: "Million crowds of people...Loading boats, moving cargo, etc. Among the crowded pass...a lively group of French Canadians..." No place, no date, circa 1965. One tiny tan stain; otherwise fine. American composer who studied with Nadia Boulanger, Alban Berg, and Roger Sessions. His students included George Crumb, Robert...
1972. 14 x 11-inch page of printed sheet music from the three-act opera "Of Mice and Men," based on the novella by John Steinbeck. Inscribed by the composer in the bottom margin: "A page from the manuscript score of my opera, Of Mice and men, to Selwyn Gamble, with best wishes, Carlisle Floyd Jan. 1, 1972." Horizontal folds and faint creasing, but overall in very good condition.