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.....
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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.
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."
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.....
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: 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: "Milling 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.....
Chicago: 1890. 1 page, 9 x 5.5 inches, Chicago, September 25, 1890. Written by the American opera composer on his own beautiful and detailed letterhead, accepting election to a Dallas historical society, in part: "...I appreciate the compliment implied and accept with thanks for your kindness. I will send [sic] photograph, as requested, and possibly something else, later..." Corners mounted on same-size paper backing; two horizontal folds. Very good condition.
1956. Outstanding black-and-white photograph measuring 10 x 8 inches -- a head and shoulders shot, signed but not personalized: "In remembrance of my recital in Lancaster, 1956." Very good condition. Bass-baritone opera star who was an original member of the Belcanto Trio, with Mario Lanza and Francis Yeend. As a star of the Vienna State Opera, he sang opposite Maria Callas. Tragically, his career came to an abrupt end in 1967 due to a paralyzed vocal chord.
Berlin: 1877. 1 page, 8 x 5 inches, Berlin, January 26, 1877. This letter, written in German, is not translated but pertains to music. Loosely mounted to a larger sheet; several folds but still in very good condition. German mezzo-soprano who was a strong proponent of the bel canto vocal method. As a vocal instructor, she taught some of the greatest sopranos of the golden era, including Emma Calve and Nellie Melba.
1975. 10 x 8-inch black-and-white head shot, inscribed: "For Mike Feasten, a memento from Scream Blacula Scream, Peace, William Marshall 28 Jan '75." Light creasing; very good(-) condition. African-American actor, director, and opera singer best known for his title role in the 1972 Blaxploitation classic "Blacula" and its sequel "Scream Blacula Scream" (1973).
8 x 10", matte-finish, sepia, heavy stock promotional image, from an unknown production, depicting Martini shoulder-up wearing a sombrero and smoking a cigarette. It is our opinion that this image of Martini is most likely from an independent Mexican cinema production, early 1940's. Boldly signed: "To Nat Bier, My Sincere Regards, Nino Martini. Fine. Italian operatic tenor and actor who appeared in American films in the 1930's and 1940's.
Rome: 1910. Complete aria, 4 oversize pages measuring 12.5 x 11.5 inches on music notation paper with words written in Italian/Sicilian dialect -- the original working draft for a scene from the Opera Isabeau, Rome, 1910. The duet (here given) terminates with Isabeau submitting to an act of obedience by bowing low before her father and then, kissing his feet, "Mio padre...e Re!...e Re saggio!" Isabeau premiered on June 2, 1911 at the Teatro Coliseo, Buenos Aires and was conducted.....