Fall 2021 Catalogue


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101. [Conductors] Krauss, Clemens. (1893–1954).
"In keeping with the task assigned to me by the Führer..." - Two Typed Letters Signed

Pair of important TLS from the important Austrian conductor who served as director of the Vienna, Berlin and Munich opera houses.  The first, written to an unspecified recipient and concerning his artistic approach as a music director, was written less than two weeks after the German annexation of Austria and only three days before Krauss would write to Adolph Hitler, requesting that he be allowed to return to his native country and resume control of the Vienna State Opera.  Though a favorite of the Führer's, Krauss's application would be denied indirectly.  22 April 1938; 1 pp. on Bayerische Staatsoper stationary. In full, translated from the German, "My artistic plans and intentions can be briefly summarized as follows: / In keeping with the task assigned to me by the Führer, I am determined to raise the overall artistic level of the Munich State Opera by means of a systemic and constant development process, so that this house can rightfully claim the high rank it has been given, until the new Reichsoper in Munich is completed. / For the time being, I am focused on the maintenance and musical and scenic reorganization of the standard works of opera literature, and until the standard opera repertoire has been completely renewed, I will limit myself to particularly prominent and artistically valuable new performances. / My fundamental artistic tendency in the interpretation of opera works aims to always realize the Gesamtkunstwerk in as perfect a form as possible, i.e. to work out not only the musical, but also the dramatic and pictorial content, so that the synthesis of sound, word, representation and image in the achievable perfection can be brought to bear. / [Signature]."  Light vertical crease, else in fine condition.  7 x 9.25 inches (17.8 x 23.5 cm.). Read More...

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Pair of Ellinger of Salzburg postcard photographs of the composer and conductor on a street corner and in the back of a car. Printed ca. 1960s. 10.5 x 14.5 cm and in very fine condition.

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103. [Conductors] Szell, George. (1897–1970)[The Cleveland Orchestra].
Signed Concert Program

Concert program from a February, 1969 performance with the Cleveland Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, part of the International Festival of Visiting Orchestras.  Szell has boldly signed the program cover in red ballpoint pen. 2pp plus insert but lacking any actual program sheet listing within.  In fine condition.  6 x 9 inches (15.2 x 22.9 cm.). Read More...

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104. [Opera] Battle, Kathleen. (b. 1948).
Signed Photograph

Color halftone Gerd Ludwig photograph of the American operatic soprano, who has boldly signed in black felt-tip to the right edge. The image is printed to a loose magazine leaf from an unknown publication, with text to the lower portion reading "Kathleen Battle / Vastly gifted, fiercely perfectionist lyric coloratura soprano, daughter of an Ohio steelworker; 41. Solo. / 'I'm particularly fascinated with black beauty.  We are such a spectrum of skin shades and hair textures.  When "black is beautiful" was the call of the '60s, that helped broaden the definition of beauty.  I hope we continue to open up to the idea of beauty and include all kinds.'"  In fine condition.  6 x 8 inches (15.2 x 20.3 cm.). Read More...

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105. [Opera] Bori, Lucrezia. (1887–1960).
Signed Photograph

Large format signed Strauss-Peyton of New York photograph of the legendary lyric soprano, who has inscribed to Charles Drumheller, tenor and longtime rehearsal pianist at the Metropolitan and Chicago Lyric Opera:  "To Mr. Charlie Drumheller / most cordially / Lucrezia Bori / 1926" in black ink.  Moderate wear to edges including small loss to lower left corner, spotting to margins, silvering to edges of image; overall in fine condition.  11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm.).

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106. [Opera] Bori, Lucrezia. (1887–1960).
Signed Photograph

Signed early large format Strauss-Peyton of New York photograph of legendary lyric soprano, who has inscribed to Charles Drumheller, tenor and longtime rehearsal pianist at the Metropolitan and Chicago Lyric Opera: "To Charlie, from the other half / of the half hour. / Lucrezia Borai/ August 1924."  Moderate wear and spotting to margins with one half-inch vertical tear to lower right edge, light silvering to edges of image, overall in fine condition.  11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm.).

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107. [Opera] Braslau, Sophie. (1892–1935).
Signed Mishkin Photograph

Signed large format Mishkin of New York photograph of the American contralto, who has inscribed to Charles Drumheller, tenor and longtime rehearsal pianist at the Metropolitan and Chicago Lyric Opera with a quotation from the Henrik Ibsen play "Brand," "To Charlie Drumheller! / 'Man's work is what he's fashion'd for, / And Paradise, for him, lies there' / 'Brand—Ibsen' / with all possible good-wishes. / Sincerely Sophie Braslau" in black ink.  Significant toning and losses to edges, particularly to the lower corners, though the image and signature remain unaffected, else in good condition.  11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm.). Read More...

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108. [Opera] Butt, Clara. (1872–1936).
Autograph Signature and Photograph

Autograph signature from the English contralto, one of the most popular singers in Europe from the 1890s through the 1920s.  Butt has signed using her married name, "Clara Butt-Rumford / July 24th 1925" in black ink to an autograph album leaf.  Light stain to upper left corner, else in fine condition.  6.25 x 5.25 inches (15.9 x 13.3 cm.). Sold together with a period postcard photograph of the singer.

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109. [Opera] Campanini, Italo. (1845–1896).
Autograph Letter Signed

ALS from the Italian tenor to [Ippolito] Canedi,  letting him know that he is available to perform from the Autumn through the following Lent.  Milan, May 30 1845;  1 p.  Campanini writes, translated in part from the Italian, "I advise you that I am free from Autumn through all of Lent, so if you go to Florence with me, you can hire me and I hope that this time it will do business."  The recipient's address in London to upper right corner of verso.  Expected mailing folds and light toning, else in fine condition.  4.5 x 7 inches (11.4 x 17.8 cm.). Read More...

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110. [Opera] Carreras, Jose. (b. 1946).
Signed Photograph

Superb signed early promotional photograph of the great young Spanish tenor, one of the most prominent singers of his generation and particularly eminent in the operas of Verdi and Puccini. His operatic career has encompassed over 60 roles on stage and in the recording studio.  Boldly signed in blue ink. 7 x 9.5 inches. Very fine. From the collection George Farret, a music columnist for Pourtours magazine and for Opéra International and the author of several biographies of opera singers.

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111. [Opera] Chaliapin, Feodor. (1873–1938).
Autograph Signature

Autograph signature from the great Russian basso who enjoyed an important international career at major opera houses and is often credited with establishing the tradition of naturalistic acting in his chosen art form. He has signed and inscribed in black ink to an autograph album leaf, dating it London, 1925.  Small corner stain to blank left lower corner, else in fine condition.  5.25 x 6.25 inches (13.3 x 15.9 cm.).

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Original doubleweight Binder of Berlin photograph of the great Russian bass. Stamped by the photographer to verso, with additional later stamps and mounting remnants to verso, crease to lower right corner and other wear along edges, overall fine. 6.6 x 8 .6 inches [16.5 x 22.5 cm]. Read More...

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113. [Opera] Chaliapin, Feodor. (1873–1938).
Original Photograph

Original photograph of the great Russian bass, shown seated at his desk and engrossed in the reading of a letter. Culver and Bain news service stamps and mounting remnants to verso, chipped to corners, else fine. 8 x 10 inches [20.5 x 25.5 cm].

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114. [Opera] Chaliapin, Feodor. (1873–1938).
Original Photograph in Swimsuit!

A superb and very rare original photograph of the great Russian bass, wearing only his swimming trunks and standing on a diving board. Pencil caption on verso notes that he was at Bad-Hamburg. Stamped by the Bain News Service to verso, small chips to corners, else fine. 5 x 7 inches [13 x 18 cm].

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115. [Opera] Cortis, Antonio. (1891–1952).
Signed Photograph

Magnificent and rare signed Daguerre of Chicago doubleweight photograph of one of the greatest tenors of the post-Caruso era, who has inscribed to Charles Drumheller, tenor and longtime rehearsal pianist at the Metropolitan and Chicago Lyric Opera: "Al carissimo / Charly con / molto afetto / Sinceramente / Antonio Cortis."  Light wear to corners, overall in very fine condition.  8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm.). The third signed photograph of Cortis we've had in 15 years! Read More...

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116. [Opera] [Donizetti, Gaetano. (1797-1848)] Tamagno, Francesco. (1850–1905).
"The day I finish [performing in "Poliuto"] I will get drunk." — Autograph Letter Signed to His Son-in-Law

ALS from the most famous dramatic tenor of the golden age to his son-in-law Alfredo Talamona, regarding various matters and referencing La Scala, Donizetti's Poliuto, and his daughter.  23.4.[18]99;  3 pp., here in part, translated from the Italian.  Tamagno discusses his current engagement in Donizetti's Poliuto, writing "last night [was] the second performance of Poliuto.  Another splendid evening even though I never feel perfectly well because of the constant wind.  The day I finish, I will get drunk."  He mentions an unspecified rumor circulating about him and the La Scala committee, addressing his son with what may be either a sharp rebuke or more likely a teasing one, "why do you ask me if it true or not what the members of La Scala's committee are saying?  Do I keep secrets from my adored children?"  While the tenor never married, he was a devoted father to his illegitimate daughter Margherita, and the remaining letter concerns their personal lives.  Tamagno is "happy to hear that [my grandson] little Popolino is becoming a little rascal, that proves that he has a good soul," and pleased to hear that "Margherita will go to Varese soon. The good air and the tranquility will do her a lot of good."  He ends by discussing logistics for an upcoming visit, and signs off with "Goodbye and for the time being I kiss you both with all my heart. / Your affectionate Francesco."  Light horizontal fold, else in fine condition.  4.25 x 7 inches (10.8 x 17.8 cm.).  Together with photocopy letter and handwritten English translation. Read More...

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117. [Opera] Farrar, Geraldine. (1882-1967).
Signed Photograph as Juliette

Signed sepia postcard photograph of the great soprano as Juliette in Gounod's "Romeo et Juliette." 3.25 x 5.25 inches. Very fine. 

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118. [Opera] Flagstad, Kirsten. (1895–1962).
Signed Photograph as Isolde

Signed photograph of the Norwegian soprano in costume for a production of Richard Wagner's Tristan und Isolde.  Flagstad has inscribed to Charles Drumheller, tenor and longtime rehearsal pianist at the Metropolitan and Chicago Lyric Opera:  "To Charlie / Very sincerely yours / Kirsten Flagstad" to the lower portion of the image.  NBC Artists Service stamp to verso.  As was her custom, signature to low-contrast portion of the image, light wear to corners, else in fine condition.  8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm.).

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119. [Opera] Garden, Mary. (1874–1967).
Original Mishkin Contact Sheet Photograph

Original Mishkin contact sheet photograph, depicting the legendary Golden Age soprano in 40 small images of some of her most celebrated roles, numbered 4 - 46 within the negative. 7.25 x 8.75 inches (22.5 x 18.5 cm). Single diagonal crease/scratch, mounting remnants to verso, else fine. Most unusual!

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120. [Opera] Gigli, Beniamino. (1890–1957).
Signed Oversize Photograph

Signed oversized photograph of the honey-voiced tenor as Radames in Verdi's Aida, inscribed and boldly signed to Charles Drumheller, tenor and longtime rehearsal pianist at the Metropolitan and Chicago Lyric Opera: "To Charly with my best wishes / sincerely Beniamino Gigli/ 1938" to the lower margin.  Wear to lower left corner, spots of toning to margin, overall in fine condition.  9 x 12.25 inches (22.9 x 31.1 cm.). Read More...

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