Ljuba Welitsch: Hand-signed b/w portrait photo from 1975.
3,5 x 5,5 inches. Fine condition.
The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Known for her red hair and exuberant vivacity, her most famous role was that of Salome, which she performed under the composer, Richard Strauss, himself in 1944 on his 80th birthday. She sang the same role for her London debut in 1947 and her first performance at the Metropolitan Opera, New York on 4 February 1949. She also sang the title roles of Tosca and Aida, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Minnie in La fanciulla del West and Musetta in La bohème.
Her international career, already interrupted by the war, did not last long, although she actually continued singing until 1981. Appearances included those at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in the 1950s. However when her voice deteriorated she started a second career in films (in America and Austria) and on Austrian television.