Vienna. A.N.S., 8vo, 1 page, c. 1880's, Hotel Bristol, Vienna, in French, translated, leaving opera tickets for a lady friend whose attendance is requested "in sear Loge #61" - at the Saleric Links Auditorium." Set into a grey matte with a double opening accompanied by an oval portrait of Leoncavallo, c. 1880, and placed inside a two-tone gold stained wooden frame with a black interior border, to 16.5" x 9.5". Fine condition. Italian composer and librettist best remembered for his.....
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New York: Touchtstone Publishers, 1967. A Suite of twenty-five soft ground etchings, inspired by the Bertolt Brecht and G.W.Pabst (Threepenny Opera) of 1930. Elephant folio, with loose plates, as issued, in a 1/4 leather clamshell case (spine darkened & leather rubbed). New York: Touchstone Press, (1967). Limited Edition. Each etching is signed by the artist and marked "Artist's Proof". The total edition was 151 copies.
Cambridge & New Haven: Harvard Univ. Press & Yale Univ. Press, 1965. Elephant folio (26.5" x 21.5") ; 11 plates, loose, as issued, with tissue guards. Included is a separate 28p. pamphlet with illustrations, the whole enclosed in a cloth clam-shell case. Cambridge New Haven: Harvard Univ. and Yale Univ. Press, 1965. Fine. Facsimiles of drawings and prints in different versions, in various collections.
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.....
Paris: 1891. A.L.S. 8vo, a gatefold page with writing on all quartos, Paris, June 10th 1891, in French, to "Dear Teacher & Friend", in full (translated): "You have always shown such deep feeling for me that I come to you to ask for a favor... that of interceding on behalf of Madam Feugeres - Dean of Studies. I assure you that Madame Feugeres merits all your concern. Since 1873 her students have achieved diplomas both on the elementary and highest.....
New York: Abrams, 1980. 64pp including the 28 posters. Slim folio, pictorial wrappers. New York: Abrams, 1980. First edition. A fine copy. 28 posters by Ben, Shahn, Robert Indiana, Ellsworth Kelly, Marc Chagall, Robert Motherwell, Gene Davis, Larry Rivers, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Josef Albers, Niki de St. Phalle and others.