Jess Thomas Autograph on Rheingold Photo 8 x 10 CoA

Jess Thomas Autograph on Rheingold Photo, CoA. 8 x 10

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Jess Thomas, authentic autograph on b/w photo „Jess Thomas as Loge in Das Rheingold“.

8 x 10 inches (20,3 x 25,7 cm), very good condition.

The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Jess Thomas (1927 –1993) was an American operatic tenor, best known for his Wagner singing.

At age 27 Thomas decided to change careers and to become a singer. He studied intensively with Schulmann for three years before his operatic debut in 1957. He was awarded the Wagner Medal at Bayreuth, Germany in 1963. His many appearances in North America and Europe between the late 1950s and early 1980s included 15 seasons in 109 performances of 15 roles at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

He died in San Francisco, California in 1993, aged 66.

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Herbert von Karajan Autograph on Lauterbach Photo. CoA

Herbert von Karajan Autograph. Signed Lauterbach Photo. CoA

Herbert von Karajan: Hand-signed Photo-print (Photo Lauterbach). No Postcard.

Signed with a white pen. Early autograph from app. 1960-70.

The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Size: 10,2 x 14,6 cm (4,1 x 5,8 inches). Light knock at lower right corner.

Herbert von Karajan (1908 –1989) was an Austrian orchestra and opera conductor. To the wider world he was perhaps most famously associated with the Berlin Philharmonic, of which he was principal conductor for 35 years.

Although his work was not universally admired, he is generally considered to have been one of the greatest conductors of all time, and he was a dominant figure in European classical music from the 1960s until his death.

Part of the reason for this was the large number of recordings he made and their prominence during his lifetime. By one estimate he was the top-selling classical music recording artist of all time, having sold an estimated 200 million records.

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James King Autograph, 1978, Cavaradossi in Tosca

Update November 21st: We just learned that James King has passed away yesterday. This is a big loss for the Opera World.

James King autograph

James King Autograph, 1978, Cavaradossi in Tosca: “James King autograph on b/w photo, as Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca. Signed 1978 in Wien.

Size: 4.1 x 5.8.

Paper remnants at back otherwise fine condition.

In the early 1960s, at the Vienna State Opera, he sang mainly Wagner and Strauss roles. From 1965 to 1975, he sang at the Bayreuth Festival, as Lohengrin, Siegmund and Parsifal. Not until 1966 was his magnificent voice heard at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House.

His main roles there were Florestan and Lohengrin. He has also sang in the Paris Opera (Calaf, Marico,…), the Royal Opera House (Manrico, the Emperor,…) and the Teatro alla Scala, Milan as Siegmund, Florestan, the Emperor, Bacchus… James King was awarded the title of Kammersänger for the cities of Berlin, Munich, and Vienna and stared four German film productions of opera, television and radio productions. He is presently a voice teacher in the Indiana University School of Music His last recorded appearance was in the 25th anniversary of James Levine at the Metropolitan Opera, in 1996Authentic Autograph, signed in Vienna.”

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Autograph on b/w Photo. CoA

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Autograph on Photo, CoA

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Autograph
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Elisabeth Schwarzkopf b/w Photo, hand-signed.

4,9 x 6,5 inches (12,3 x 16,5 cm), good condition.

The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Dame Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, DBE (1915 –2006) was a German-born Austrian/British soprano opera singer and recitalist. She was among the most renowned opera singers of the 20th century, much admired for her performances of Mozart, Schubert, Strauss and Wolf.

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Fritz Wunderlich Autograph on Fayer Photo CoA

Fritz Wunderlich Autograph on Photo CoA

Fritz Wunderlich autograph

 

Legendary tenor Fritz Wunderlich as Tamino. Photo by Fayer, hand-signed by Fritz Wunderlich with a quote of The Magic Flute: Ach wie herrlich. Herzlich Fritz Wunderlich.

The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Size: 9 x 14 c. Good condition.

Friedrich “Fritz” Karl Otto Wunderlich (1930 – 1966) was a German lyric tenor, famed for his singing of the Mozart repertory and various lieder. He died in an accident when he was only 35.

Wunderlich achieved the highest distinction within the German repertory. Of special importance is a recording of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, conducted by Karl Böhm, in which Wunderlich gave a critically acclaimed performance as Prince Tamino, opposite baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in the role of Papageno. There is also a live performance of The Magic Flute recorded in 1960 at the Salzburg festival, and several recordings as Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail. Recordings also exist of lesser-known Mozart operas such as Zaide and La Finta Giardiniera.

Wunderlich’s crystal-clear voice, exquisite diction, and intelligent, restrained interpretation also led him to impressive renditions of the lieder cycles of Schubert and Schumann with pianist Hubert Giesen. His famous recording of Schumann’s Dichterliebe remains a gold standard of this genre. Many tenors since have emulated Wunderlich’s interpretation of this cycle.


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Desirable, early Wilhelm Furtwaengler Autograph

Desirable, early Wilhelm Furtwaengler Autograph: Hand-signed Photo. CoA

The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

3,4 x 5,5 inches.  Very fine condition. No postcard, real photograph. Photo by Hans Dietrich & Co, Wien.

Wilhelm Furtwaengler (1886 -1954) was a German conductor and composer.

At his first concert, he led the Kaim Orchestra (now the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra) in Anton Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony. He subsequently held posts at Munich, Luebeck, Mannheim, Frankfurt, and Vienna, before securing a job at the Berlin Staatskapelle in 1920, and in 1922 at the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra where he succeeded Arthur Nikisch. Later he became music director of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Salzburg Festival and the Bayreuth Festival, which was regarded as the greatest post a conductor could hold in Germany at the time.

Towards the end of the war, under extreme pressure from the Nazi Party, Furtwaengler fled to Switzerland. It was during this troubled period that he composed what is largely considered his most significant work, the Symphony No. 2 in E minor.

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Tenor Peter Anders Autograph, CoA

Peter Anders Autograph, CoA

 

 

Peter Anders as Saenger in Rosenkavalier, hand-signed.

The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

10 x 14,5 cm, good condition.

Peter Anders (July 1, 1908 – September 10, 1954) was a German operatic tenor who sang a wide range of parts in the German, Italian, and French repertories.

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业奉棋 鼻烟壶. Desirable, beautiful Crystal Rock Snuff Bottle by Ye Fengqi

Crystal Rock Snuff Bottle, inside Painting, Ye Fengqi.

 

Desirable, beautiful crystal rock snuff bottle by Ye Fengqi, a son of master Ye Zhongsan and brother of the also famous Ye Xiaofeng.
The snuff bottle comes with a Certificate of Authenticity. 2,5 x 1,2 x 3,4
inches.

One side of the bottle shows the poet Li Taibo with a pupil. At the reverse is a dedication to the famous master of Peking Opera, Shang Xiaoyun (1900-1976), an important actor of Dan-roles.
Signed Ye Fengqi, 1931.

Coral stopper, Silver spoon. Fine condition.

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Leo Slezak Autograph on 6×8 Photo, CoA

Leo Slezak signed Photo 6 x 8, CoA

 

 

Leo Slezak autograph on portrait photo (Residenz Atelier Wien), photgraphed with scrim diffuser.

15,5 x 21,2 cm, (6 x 8,4 inches) very good condition.

The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Leo Slezak (1873 – 1946) was a world-famous Moravian tenor. He was associated in particular with German opera as well as the title role in Verdi’s Otello.

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