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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Giuseppe Taddei Autograph: Signed Photo, CoA.

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

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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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Max Lorenz Autograph from 1943 CoA

Max Lorenz Autograph from 1943 CoA

Max Lorenz Autograph

Max Lorenz: Authentic Autograph on b/w photo by Studio Dietrich. Original-Foto (real photo) Maskenball at the Wiener Staatsoper 1943.
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Max Lorenz (born Max Sülzenfuß, 1901 – 1975) was a German heldentenor famous for Wagner roles.

Lorenz’s operatic and recital career lasted almost three decades. He became known as one of the world’s leading heldentenors, particularly renowned for his performances as Tristan.

At his best in the 1920s and 1930s and 1940s, Lorenz possessed a powerful, ringing voice which he used in an impassioned manner.

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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.

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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.

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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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