Holiday 2019 Catalogue


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203. [Opera] Martinelli, Giovanni. (1885–1969).
Signed Halftone Photograph

Signed halftone photograph of the great Italian tenor, regarded at the Met as Caruso's successor in dramatic roles. He is shown in a clipped halftone photograph and has signed boldly at the left, dating January, 1937. In fine condition. 5.25 x 6.5 inches (13.4 x 16.2 cm).

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204. [Opera] Massenet, Jules. (1842-1912).
Thais. Comédie Lyrique en 3 Actes et 7 Tableaux.

Paris: Au Menestrel, Heugel et Cie. 1894. 2nd Edition. 8vo. Color title page with the illustration by Jean Veber. 275 pp. Bottom of second page of the Index Table, lists the numbers 4220-3-04. Though the score conforms to all of the 2nd edition points described by Fuld (361), this appears to be an earlier variant than the copy he describes. Original highly ornamental and colored wrappers bound into crimson cloth with half red leather. Music does not continue to verso of final page, though it appears to stop abruptly and includes a key-change in the final printed measure. With a warm inscription from renowned vocal accompanist, James Shomate on the first free endpage. Read More...

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205. [Opera] Moore, Grace. (1898–1947).
Signed Halftone Photograph

Signed halftone photograph of the beloved opera and Broadway star, clipped from a program and inscribed at the foot, dated 1936. In very fine condition. 5 x 6..5 inches (12.4 x 16.3 cm). Read More...

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Film
Song
Group of original promotional photographs of great twentieth-century opera singers. Included are photographs of Pavarotti (in La Boheme at La Scala, 4 x 6 inches), Jussi Björling (two 8 x 10 photographs, one in evening dress with medals, one with his daughter), Renata Tebaldi and Franco Corelli (in La Gioconda at the Metropolitan Opera, 8 x 10 inches), Jean Madeira (as Carmen, 8 x 10 inches), Elena Nikolaidi (as Amneris in Aida, 8 x 10 inches), Lily Pons (8 x 10 portrait photograph), and Patrice Munsel (8 x 10 portrait photograph). In very fine condition overall.

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Opera
Charming caricature portrait of the great tenor by the American artist Al Hirschfeld. Photographic reproduction used for press purposes, with an original press caption dating from 1980. On glossy white photo paper tipped to a same-sized card mount. Somewhat bumpy with slight soiling, but overall in very good condition. 8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25 cm).

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Art
Opera

208. [Opera] Prey, Hermann. (1929–1998).
Signed "Fledermaus" Program

Signed program from the German lyric baritone, who performed in the lead role of Gabriel von Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus at the Royal Opera House at the opening night on December 31, 1977. Prey has signed over the cast listing on p. 19. Conducted by Zubin Mehta, the production also featured Kiri te Kanawa and was broadcast live on the BBC. 64 pp. Very fine. 5.25 x 9 inches (13.2 x 23 cm).

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209. [Opera] Price, Leontyne. (b. 1927) & Morell, Barry. (1927–2003).
Tosca - Signed Program

Original program from a performance of Tosca by the Metropolitan Opera in Boston on April 15, 1962, signed on the cover by stars Leontyne Price and Barry Morell. 1962 marked Price's second season with the Met. 22 pp. Very fine. 6 x 9.5 inches (15.5 x 23.8 cm).

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210. [Opera] Rautawaara, Aulikki. (1906–1990) [Busch, Fritz. (1890–1951)] .
Signed Glyndebourne "Zauberflöte" Program

Original program from a June 30, 1937 Glyndebourne production of Die Zauberflöte, conducted by Fritz Busch, boldly signed at the right by Finnish soprano Aulikki Rautawaara, who played Pamina. 4 pp. Light toning and foxing; overall very good. 7.25 x 9.75 inches (18.3 x 24.6 cm). Read More...

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Classical Music

211. [Opera] [Rigoletto] Bonelli, Richard. (1889–1980).
Typed Letter Signed

Typed letter signed from the American baritone who was a member of the Chicago Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, arranging a meeting during a run of Rigoletto. November 21, 1922; 1 p. Bonelli asks his correspondent to call him at his hotel to arrange a meeting: "Ordinarily it is not at all difficult to see an artist in his dressing room, but during the Rigoletto performances I have so little time when I am not either on the stage or else rushing with a change of costume that I dont' encourage anyone to hunt me up. I shall be glad to see you at almost any other time, however." Toning, folding creases; overall very good. 8.5 x 11 inches (21.5 x 27.8 cm).

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212. [Opera] Rode, Wilhelm. (1887-1959).
1943 Signed Photograph

An unusual wartime signed photograph of the German Heldenbaritone and Intendant of the Deutsche Oper Berlin during the Nazi era. Rode is shown in his starring role as Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger, photographed by W. Saeger of Berlin. He has signed boldly and dated Berlin, May 1943. With the stamps of the photographer and the Deutsche Oper Berlin on the verso, in very fine condition. 4.5 x 6.75 inches (11.5 x 17 cm).

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213. [Opera] Schipa, Tito. (1888–1965) & Albanese, Licia. (1909–2014).
Signed Farewell Concert Program

Single-sheet program from the October 3, 1962 farewell performance of tenor Tito Schipa at New York Town Hall, signed by both Schipa and soprano Licia Albanese. Schipa has inscribed to the "diva" Livia Bonelli and dated 1963. Albanese—who was likely spotted in the audience!—has signed at the left. Recto with a half-tone photograph of Schipa on a yellow background; verso with the program for the evening, which included classics by Schubert, Handel, and Donizetti, as well as Spanish songs. Fine. 7 x 10 inches (18 x 25.5 cm).

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214. [Opera] Schumann, Elisabeth. (1888–1952).
Signed Photograph with Concert Program

Signed postcard photograph of the important German soprano, celebrated for her elegant and beautiful lieder and opera interpretations and frequent collaborations with Richard Strauss, Otto Klemperer, Lotte Lehmann, Bruno Walter, and Wilhelm Furtwängler. She has signed and inscribed at the foot and dated 1939. Together with an original program from her November 21 [1945?] performance with the New London Orchestra and Alec Sherman (4 pp.) Program with light toning and some wear; overall in fine condition. Photograph 3.5 x 5.5 inches (8.7 x 13.8 cm); program 5 x 8 inches (13 x 20.5 cm).

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Opera

215. [Opera] Schumann-Heink, Ernestine. (1861–1936).
Signed Photograph

Signed photograph of the German-American contralto, who has inscribed and signed in green ink, dating Hollywood, May 1, 1936 (the year of her death.) The photograph has been trimmed around her image. One crease at the right; overall very good. 4 x 5.75 inches (10.5 x 14.8 cm).

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216. [Opera] Schwarzkopf, Elisabeth. (1915–2006).
Signed Photograph in "Der Rosenkavalier"

Signed photograph of the legendary soprano in one of her most famous roles, the Marschallin in Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier. Slight mounting remnants to verso but overall very fine. 7.5 x 9.25 inches (18.7 x 23.3 cm).

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217. [Opera] Scribe, Eugene. (1791–1861).
Autograph Letter

Autograph letter from the important French playwright and librettist who collaborated with nearly every major opera composer of his time. April 16, 1853. Scribe writes to introduce a "young man from my village, who like many others was going to lose himself in the abyss of the theatre." Scribe asks his correspondent to help the young man sit "an admission exam for the office—after this, one has the hope of becoming an assistant." Expressing his gratitude for the favor, he concludes, "It will be a good work [...] as they say, it is the soul that we snatch from hell that takes us to paradise." 2 pp. of a bifolium. Light overall toning and some corner wear; overall in fine condition. 5.25 x 8 inches (13.4 x 20.7 cm). Read More...

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Opera
Theater

218. [Opera] Sutherland, Joan. (1926–2010).
Signed "Lucia di Lammermoor" Program

Signed program from the legendary soprano, who performed as Lucia di Lammermoor at the Royal Opera House on April 26, 1985. She has signed boldly in blue marker over her full-page photograph on p. 19. The Zeffirelli production was conducted by Sutherland's husband, Richard Bonynge. 48 pp. Very slight cover crease; overall very fine. 5.75 x 9.25 inches (14.8 x 23.5 cm).

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219. [Opera] Tauber, Richard. (1891 - 1948).
Signed Promotional Postcard

Signed postcard from the Austrian tenor, the "King of Bel Canto" and one of the greatest singers of the twentieth century. Tauber is shown in a promotional postcard for Parlophone and has signed on the verso. Notes about a concert program have been made in another hand on the verso. One significant vertical crease; otherwise in very good condition. 5.5 x 3.5 inches (13.8 x 9 cm).

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220. [Opera] Turner, Eva. (1892–1990) & Jones, Gwyneth. (b. 1936).
Signed "Turandot" Program

Original opera program from a May 25, 1987 production of Turandot at the Royal Opera House, signed by two great British Turandots: Eva Turner, who was in the audience at the 1926 premiere of the opera and first played the role later that year; and by Gwyneth Jones, who performed in the present production. Turner (at age 95!) has signed over a Royal Opera archive photograph of herself in the role on p. 29 and inscribed "to dear Katherine, with my love and warm affection." Jones, who studied the role of Turandot with Turner, has signed on p. 33 over the text "Performances at Covent Garden." 64 pp. In very fine condition. 5.75 x 9.25 inches (14.8 x 23.5 cm).

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221. [Opera] Verdi, Giuseppe. (1813-1901).
[La Traviata] Violetta. Opéra en quatre actes.

Paris: Leon Escudier. [1864]. First Edition. Piano-vocal score. Upright 8vo. 276 pp. Lithographed. [PN] L.E. 1971. Words in French. Hopkinson 55C. Fuld, p. 204. First Edition of the third version, and first complete French edition. Contemporary purple marbled boards, half purple leather. Boards worn, scattered foxing, but a very nice clean copy. Read More...

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222. [Film & Theatre] Berle, Milton. (1908–2002).
Signed Waldorf-Astoria Wine List

Vintage wine list from the Waldorf-Astoria, ca. 1950, signed on the inside cover by the American comedian and actor Milton Berle and several others. Also included is a fragment of a mimeographed list of event guests, also signed by Berle on the verso. The wine list is of interest in itself, with a wide range of European vintages from the early 1930's to late 1940's. 7 pp. Very good. 5 x 7.75 inches (13 x 19.5 cm).

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