Lauritz Melchior Autograph on Portrait Photo CoA

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

The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

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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Winifred Wagner and Wolfgang Wagner Autographs CoA

Authentic Winifred Wagner autograph on b/w portrait photo-postcard(signed 29. 09. 1979).

Additionally a Wolfgang Wagner photo with autograph (Bayreuth 2004?).

Additionally a short letter by the photographer (?), stating that Winifred Wagner otherwise didn’t give any autographs since end of World War II (which is not correct).

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The photos are approx. 10,5 x 14,5 cm (4 x 6 inches) and in good condition.

The Autographs of Winifred and Wolfgang Wagner come with Certificates of Authenticity.

Winifred Wagner (born Winifred Marjorie Williams; 23 June 1897 – 5 March 1980) was the English-born wife of Siegfried Wagner, the son of Richard Wagner, and ran the Bayreuth Festival after her husband’s death in 1930 until the end of World War II in 1945. She was a friend and supporter of Adolf Hitler (himself a Wagner enthusiast), and she and Hitler maintained a regular correspondence.

 

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.

The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

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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Marcel Prawy Autograph: Letter from 1968

1968: Letter by Dr.

Marcel Prawy

to Dr. Theo Cieplik. Dr. Prawy expresses his thanks for a letter by Dr. Cieplik and sends his warm greetings to the “Johann-Strauss-Orchestra” and Mr. Eduard Strauss. He states that he was very happy to read about the success they had.

 

Marcel Prawy autograph

Marcel Prawy signature

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The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

8,2 x 11,6 inches. Fine condition.

Marcel Horace Frydmann, Ritter von Prawy (born December 29, 1911 in Vienna – February 23, 2003 in Vienna) was an Austrian dramaturg, opera connoisseur and opera critic.

Prawy was born into a Jewish Austro-Hungarian noble family.

As secretary of the tenor Jan Kiepura, he emigrated to the USA when persecution of the Austrian Jews became unbearable in the late 1930s. With the help of his confidante Mártha Eggerth he became acquainted with American musicals and music in general. After the end of the Second World War, Prawy returned to Vienna and brought with him the musical Kiss Me, Kate. It was received by the Viennese with great reservation as they feared the arrival of the American-style musical would spell the end of the traditional Viennese operetta. Nonetheless, Prawy succeeded and was considered henceforth as the one who made German language musicals acceptable and popular.
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Giuseppe Taddei Autograph: Signed Photo, CoA.

Giuseppe Taddei: Real Photo ( Feyer, Wien ) with authentic signature of this important baritone.

The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

 

Giuseppe Taddei autograph

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Size: 3,5 x 5,5 inches, slight wear only.

Giuseppe Taddei (born June 26, 1916) was an Italian baritone known for his work in Italian opera, particularly the works of Giuseppe Verdi, as well as for his work in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s and Richard Wagner’s operas.

Taddei was born in Genoa and studied and debuted in Rome, where he sang regularly for several years. After being conscripted into the army in 1942, he returned to his singing career in 1946, performing for two seasons at the Vienna State Opera. His specialization in Mozart came later in his career, where he was particularly well known for the roles of Leporello from Don Giovanni and Figaro from Le nozze di Figaro. He recorded these roles with EMI in London with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Carlo Maria Giulini.

Taddei’s wonderful vocal longevity allowed him to continue recording into old age with notable examples of his art being the title role in Verdi’s “Falstaff” with Herbert von Karajan in the 1980s.

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Giuseppe Patane Autograph: Signed 1978 in Wien.

Conductor Giuseppe Patanè autograph on b/w Real – Photo ( Photo de Rota, Trieste ), 4,1 x 5,9 inches.

Giuseppe Patanè autograph

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Giuseppe Patanè (born Naples, 1 January 1932, Italy – died Munich, 29 May 1989) was an Italian opera conductor.

He was the son of the conductor Franco Patanè (1908-1968) and studied in Naples, where he also made his debut in 1951. He died suddenly while conducting a performance of Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Bavarian State Opera.

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Franz Salmhofer Autograph. Famus Austrian Composer signed Sheet.

Franz Salmhofer, signed sheet of music for „Lied an die Pompadour“. Dedicated to the famous Kammersaenger Rudolf Christ. Signed on December 31st, 1955.

 

Franz Salmhofer autograph

9 x 12 inches, some aging, some foxing, vertical and horizontal centrefolds.

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Franz Salmhofer (1900 –1975) was a Austrian composer, conductor and poet.

From 1929 to 1945 Salmhofer served as Kapellmeister of the Burgtheater, from 1945 to 1954 he was director of the of Vienna State Opera and followed by the Vienna Volksoper from 1956 to 1963.

Salmhofer died at age 75 in the city of his birth, Vienna, Austria.

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Mstislav Rostropovich: Authentic Autograph

He left us today: Mstislav Rostropovich. Hand signed Autograph on cardboard.

8,5 x 5,5 inches. Very fine condition.

The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich (Russian: Мстисла́в Леопо́льдович Ростропо́вич, Mstislav Leopol’dovič Rostropo’vič, March 27, 1927 – April 27, 2007), affectionately known as “Slava,” was a Russian cellist and conductor considered to be one of the greatest cellists ever.

Rostropovich was born in Baku, Azerbaijan, then part of the Soviet Union. From 1943 to 1948, he studied at the Moscow Conservatory, where he became professor of cello in 1956. He lived for the latter part of his life in self-imposed exile in Paris.

Rostropovich had been treated at a Moscow clinic in early 2007 for what was reported to be hepatic cirrhosis, or degeneration of the liver. At the time, rumors flew that he was dying, fed by his having been visited by Russian President Vladimir Putin. It later was discovered that Putin met Rostropovich to discuss details of a celebration the Kremlin was planning for March 27, 2007, Rostropovich’s 80th birthday. The celebration took place and Rostropovich was reportedly in frail health.

The Itar-Tass news agency reported that Rostropovich died on April 27, 2007 in Moscow, after having been hospitalized in February of the same year for intestinal cancer. He was 80.

Mstislav Rostropovich Autograph

 

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