Early Otto Klemperer Autograph. Hand-signed Photo Card. CoA

Early Otto Klemperer Autograph. Hand-signed Photo Card. CoA

Conductor Otto Klemperer: Portrait Photo as Photo-postcard (Photo: Mahrenholz, Berlin). Hand-signed by Otto Klemperer.

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Otto Klemperer (1885 – 1973) was a German-born conductor and composer. He is widely regarded as one of the leading conductors of the 20th century.

He enhanced his reputation as a champion of new music, playing a number of new works, including Leoš Janacek’s From the House of the Dead, Arnold Schoenberg’s Erwartung, Igor Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex, and Paul Hindemith’s Cardillac.

In 1933, once the Nazi Party had reached power, Klemperer, who was Jewish, left Germany and moved to the United States. In the U.S. he was appointed Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.

Following the end of World War II, Klemperer returned to Continental Europe to work at the Budapest Opera (1947-1950).

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Autographs by Teresa Berganza and Luigi Alva, 1972. CoA

Teresa Berganza and Luigi Alva Autographs. Signed Photo. CoA

Teresa Berganza and Luigi Alva: b/w Real-photo ( Teatro Alla Scala photograph), signed on 3. 20. 1972 in Wien.

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The photo depicts Teresa Berganza, Luigi Alva and Fernand Corena.
5,5 x 4,1 inches (14,7 x 10,5 cm), fine condition.

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Siegfried Wagner Autograph. Handwritten Postcard

Siegfried Wagner Autograph. Handwritten Postcard

Siegfried Wagner (1869-1930) German composer, conductor and movie director, son of Richard Wagner. Handwritten Postcard, signed with full name. Written in Bayreuth 10.10.1911, addressed to Hotel Hungaria in Budapest. „Euer Wohlgeboren theile ich mit, dass ich mit Graefin Gravina am 20. Nachmittags eintreffe.“ (Announcement of arrival along with countess Gravina at Hotel Hungaria in the afternoon of 20th)

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Graefin Gravina, Blandine von (1863-1941) was the second daughter of Cosima Wagners (marriage with Hans von Buelow). She was married to the Italian Count Biagi(n)o Gravina (1850-1897), who committed suicide.

Display with option to show the front or the reverse oft he postcard. Photo of Siegfried Wagner at the upper part. The matted object has been in a frame and can be framed easily again.

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Bruno Walter Autograph

Conductor Bruno Walter: b/w portrait photo, hand-signed with ink-pen. Embossed stamp by photo-studio Illinger in Salzburg). The photograph is from 1935.

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84 x 136 mm, good condition.

Bruno Walter (born Bruno Schlesinger, 1876 – 1962) was a German-born conductor, pianist and composer.

Born in Berlin, he left Germany in 1933 to escape the Third Reich, settling finally in the United States in 1939. He worked closely with Gustav Mahler, whose music he helped to establish in the repertory, held major positions with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Salzburg Festival, Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Staatsoper Unter den Linden and Deutsche Oper Berlin, among others, made recordings of historical and artistic significance, and is widely considered to be one of the great conductors of the 20th century.

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Paul Hindemith Autograph, signed Libretto, CoA.

Paul Hindemith Autograph, Mathis der Maler, signed Libretto. CoA

Paul Hindemith: Hand-signed libretto for Mathis der Maler, published in 1935.

The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.13 x 19,7 cm, 56 pages, complete, good condition.

Paul Hindemith (1895 – 1963) was a German composer, violist, violinist, teacher and conductor.

Notable compositions include his song cycle Das Marienleben and opera Mathis der Maler.

In 1940, Hindemith emigrated to the United States. At the same time that he was codifying his musical language, his teaching and compositions began to be affected by his theories, according to critics like Ernest Ansermet. Once in the U.S. he taught primarily at Yale University where he had such notable students as Lukas Foss, Graham George, Norman Dello Joio, Mel Powell, Yehudi Wyner, Harold Shapero, Hans Otte, Ruth Schonthal, Leonard Sarason, and Oscar-winning film director George Roy Hill.

During this time he also gave the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures at Harvard, from which the book A Composer’s World was extracted (Hindemith 1952). Hindemith had a long friendship with Erich Katz, whose own compositions were influenced by him.He became an American citizen in 1946, but returned to Europe in 1953, living in Zürich and teaching at the university there. Towards the end of his life he began to conduct more, and made numerous recordings, mostly of his own music.

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Tenor Fritz Duettbernd. Scarce Autograph on Photo. 1917

Tenor Fritz Duettbernd. Scarce Autograph on Photo. 1917

Tenor Fritz Duettbernd autograph

Tenor Fritz Duettbernd (aka Duttbernd): b/w portrait photo with long dedication and signature, written with white ink in 1917.

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3,45 x 5,4 inches, fine condition.

Tenor Duttbernd is especially known for his recording of Hindemith, Weill: Der Lindberghflug ( Berlin Radio Orchestra and chorus 1930) under conductor Hermann Scherchen.

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Jose Carreras und Piero Cappucilli Autograph on Private Photo.

1979, Wien: Private-Photo with authentic signatures by Jose Carreras and Piero Cappucilli. Photographed and signed at the Vienna States Opera House.

Jose Carreras Autograph

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13 x 9 cm. Fine condition

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Lauritz Melchior Autograph on Portrait Photo CoA

Lauritz Melchior Autograph on large b/w Foto, signed at lower margin.

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20,5 x 25,4 cm (8 x 10 inches) , bend at the lower right corner otherwise very good condition.

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Lauritz Melchior (20 1890 – 1973) was a Danish and later American opera singer. He was the pre-eminent Wagnerian tenor of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s and has since come to be considered the quintessence of his voice type. Late in his career, Melchior appeared in movie musicals and on radio and television. He also made numerous recordings.

Word of his talent spread and was heard of by Cosima and Siegfried Wagner at Bayreuth. There the re-opening of the Festival for 1924 was under preparation. Melchior was engaged to sing Siegmund and Parsifal. This prestigious contract opened the way to several other appearances such as a Wagner concert with Frida Leider in Berlin in 1923. Around this time several acoustic records were cut for Polydor.

On May 14, 1924 Lauritz Melchior made his debut, as Siegmund, at the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden in London. The result was a smashing success. Some weeks later Melchior made his debut on the stage of the Festspielhaus in Bayreuth in the roles of Siegmund and Parsifal. In July 1925 Adolf Hitler attended a performance of Parsifal in Bayreuth as a guest of Winifred Wagner. According to Walpole, who was sitting in Wagner’s box next to Hitler, as Melchior sang, “the tears poured down Hitler’s cheeks”.

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Soprano Licia Albanese Autograph on 8 x 10 Photo CoA

Beautiful Licia Albanese photo with authentic signature.

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Licia Albanese Autograph

Size: 20,7 x 25,5 cm (8 ¼ x 10 inches), good condition.

Licia Albanese (1909 – 2014) was an Italian-born American operatic soprano. Noted especially for her portrayals of the lyric heroines of Verdi and Puccini, Albanese was a leading artist with the Metropolitan Opera from 1940 to 1966.

She also made many recordings and was chairwoman of The Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, which is dedicated to assisting young artists and singers.
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Renato Ercolani Autograph from 1956

Renato Ercolani, hand signed b/w photo. It shows baritone Ercolani as Falstaff at the Teatro alla Scala in 1956-57.

Renato Ercolani Autograph

6 x 4 inches. The autograph is slightly faint. Scarce.

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Renato Ercolani was an important Italian baritone ( born 1920, Perugia, Italy – died 2002, Milan, Italy ). He worked with Maria Callas, Herbert von Karajan, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Giuseppe di Stefano, Renata Tebaldi, just to name a few.

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