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Richard Versalle Photo with Autograph. COA

Richard Versalle Photo with Autograph. COA
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Richard Versalle b/w photograph with harp, acting as Tannhaeuser.

The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

10,4 x 14,7 cm, very good condition.

Richard Versalle ( 1932 – 1996) was an American operatic tenor, who had an international career including performances at the Bayreuth Festival and the Vienna State Opera.

Versalle made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera on 8 December 1978, when he sang the minor role of the Messenger in Aida. After that, he sang primarily in Europe, having made his European debut in 1981 as Otello at the Saarbruecken opera house . At Saarbruecken he also sang the title role in Peter Grimes and Siegmund in Die Walkuere (1988). He returned to the Met in 1992 when he sang Tannhaeuser. He was at the Met again in 1995 singing Jacob Schmidt in John Dexter's production of Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny.

Versalle died on 5 January 1996, while portraying Vitek (an elderly law clerk) in what was to have been the Metropolitan Opera premiere of Janacek's The Makropulos Case. Only a few minutes into the performance, and after singing the line "You can only live so long" while halfway up a 20-foot (6 meter) ladder, he suffered a fatal heart attack, and fell onto the stage.




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