Holiday 2018 Catalogue


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161. [Opera] Ponselle, Rosa. (1897–1981).
Signed Photograph

Signed doubleweight photograph of the great soprano, who is shown in a magnificent velvet gown and turban and has signed and inscribed at the left: "To Lorraine Wood / With sincere good wishes / Rosa Ponselle / Nov. 22, 1932." Photograph by Mishkin of New York, stamped on the verso by National Concerts, Inc. From the collection of pianist Helen Lorraine Wood (1900–1968). One horizontal tear at the right edge; corner creases and pin holes; overall very good. 8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm). Read More...

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162. [Opera] Sasse, Marie. (1834-1907).
Caricature Portrait

An interesting caricature portrait print of the important Belgian soprano, a leading soprano at the Paris Opera in the 1860's and the creator of the roles of Sélika in Meyerbeer's L'Africaine and Elisabeth de Valois in Verdi's Don Carlos. Sasse is shown as a skeletal older woman, wearing the white dress and sash of her younger days and holding a large flag. The handwritten caption below reads (translated from the French): "Mlle. Sasse's new Brabançonne (words and music.) The good old lady would have wanted to economize on author's rights."  Artist's signature at the lower right reads: Trifler. Heavy edge wear with creases, toning, and small tears; light foxing to the caption, which is written on a separate slip and mounted below the drawing; folding creases. Overall in good condition. 10 x 14.5 inches (25 x 37 cm). Read More...

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

Signed photograph of the German-American contralto, inscribed across the image and dated Jun 24, 1935. Photographed by Hall of New York. One vertical crease at the foot, mounting remnants to verso, else fine. 4.75 x 7 inches (12.4 x 17.5 cm.  From the collection of pianist Helen Lorraine Wood (1900–1968).

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164. [Opera] Seefried, Irmgard. (1919-1988) [Mertens, André. (1904?-1963)].
Signed Photograph to André Mertens

An original photograph of the important German soprano, a frequent collaborator with Schwarzkopf, signed and inscribed with a personal message to impresario and Columbia Artists manager André Mertens. Seefriend has penned (translated from the German): "André, this is how I will always look at you and thank you for your love and care." She dates: December 9, 1951. Photographed by Fayer of Vienna. Stamped by the photographer on the verso with some light mounting remnants; overall in fine condition. 6.75 x 9.25 inches (17.3 x 23.5 cm). Read More...

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165. [Opera] Stoska, Polyna. (1911–?).
Signed Photograph "To My #1 Critic"

Signed photograph of the American soprano who sang at the Deutsche Oper, the New York City Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera, and created the role of Ann Maurrant in Kurt Weill's Street Scene. Overall toning, surface cracks and flecking, buckling; overall very good. 8 x 10 inches (20 x 25.5 cm).

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166. [Opera] [Sutherland, Joan. (1926-2010)].
"La Sonnambula" - 1960 Covent Garden Opening Night Program and Ticket Stubs

Original program from the October 21, 1960 opening night of Bellini's La Sonnambula at the Royal Opera House, starring "La Stupenda."  The production was Sutherland's first outing as Amina, as she added the major Bellini roles to her repertoire in the early 1960's. 4 pp. Some light stains to the front cover; otherwise in fine condition. 8.5 x 12.5 inches (21.6 x 32 cm). Together with two original ticket stubs from the stalls.

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167. [Opera] [Tippett, Sir Michael. (1905-1998)] [Sutherland, Joan. (1926-2010)].
"The Midsummer Marriage" - 1955 Opening Night Program

Original program from the January 27, 1955 premiere of Michael Tippett's opera The Midsummer Marriage at the Royal Opera House. Modeled after The Magic Flute, Tippett's symbolically and psychologically charged work starred Joan Sutherland, Richard Lewis and Edith Coates. 4 pp. Some light stains and marks; overall in very good condition. 8.5 x 12.5 inches (21.6 x 32 cm). Read More...

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Autograph letter from the important nineteenth-century singer to the pianist and composer Louis Diémer, apologizing for being unable to sing at an evening event because of a cough. 1 p. March 16, [n.y.]. Together with a typed translation into English: "Dear Mr. Diemer: Unfortunately, I am still coughing and the doctor forbids me to stay out for the evening in a warm place, because warmth provokes strong coughing fits! I am sad not to be able to come this evening, and I beg you to kindly accompany Mrs. Zerrier to my [songs]. The "Lamento" is somehow risky and requires a musician. A thousand regrets, two thousand thanks and three thousand friendly wishes. P. Viardot." Addressed on the verso. Perforated edges and some slight edge tears; overall very good. 4.25 x 5.25 inches (11 x 13 cm). Together with a halftone photograph of Viardot, clipped to an oval and mounted on a sheet of paper, 6.25 x 9.5 inches (16 x 24 cm). Read More...

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169. [Opera] [Visconti, Luchino. (1906-1976)].
"Don Carlos" - Two 1958 Covent Garden Centenary Production Programs

Two original programs from the celebrated Italian director's highly successful production of Verdi's Don Carlos at the Royal Opera House. Dated May 9 and May 15, 1958. The first date was the opening night, while the second date marked the one hundredth anniversary of the opening of the theatre at Covent Garden. The production, Visconti's first outside Italy, starred Jon Vickers and Boris Christoff. Each program 4 pp. Light foxing and some handwritten notes on one program; overall in fine condition. 8.5 x 12.5 inches (21.6 x 32 cm). Together with three contemporary press clippings reviewing the centenary production.  Read More...

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Original program from an event celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Cercle National Richard Wagner in 1985, signed on the cover by Wolfgang Wagner, his wife Gudrun Wagner, and Otti Maurer, the founder of the Richard-Wagner-Verband of Saarland. From the collection of French musicologist Jacques Chailley, who was one of the speakers at the event. 4 pp. Some light rubbing, but overall in fine condition. 8.25 x 11.5 inches (21 x 29.5 cm). Read More...

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171. [Opera] [Walton, WIlliam. (1902-1983) & Pears, Peter. (1910-1986) & Sargent, Malcolm. (1895-1967)].
"Troilus and Cressida" - 1954 Opening Night Program and Clippings

Original program from the December 3, 1954 world premiere of William Walton's opera Troilus and Cressida at the Royal Opera House. Conducted by Malcolm Sargent, the opera starred Richard Lewis and Magda Laszlo, with Peter Pears in a character role (singing through a heavy cold.) 4 pp. Light toning; overall in fine condition. 8.5 x 12.5 inches (21.5 x 32 cm). Together with an interesting selection of nine press clippings of reviews of the opening night, with one from the Tatler profiling the composer. Read More...

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172. [Opera] Weigl, Joseph. (1766-1846).
Aria from "Die Uniform"

Aria from the Viennese composer's 1805 heroic-comic opera Die Uniform. 2 pp. oblong bifolium of light green paper; engraved throughout. Handwritten title on the blank recto first page. Light toning; overall in fine condition. 12.25 x 9 inches (31 x 23 cm). Read More...

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173. [Opera] Zeffirelli, Franco. (b. 1923).
Signed Photograph

Signed halftone photograph of the Italian opera and film director, who has inscribed at the left "To dear Trudy, faithful angel, because she always loves me. Franco" and dated New York, October 1968. Printed on heavy cardstock, toning and light wear; overall fine. 8.5 x 11 inches (21.5 x 27.7 cm).

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174. [Film & Theatre] Andrews, Julie. (b. 1935).
Signed Playbill Cover of "Victor Victoria"

Original playbill cover from the 1995 musical Victor Victoria, boldly signed in silver pen by the beloved English film and stage actress, singer, author, director and dancer.  Victor Victoria was based on the 1982 film of the same name, also starring Andrews, and was Andrews' last singing performance before she developed voice problems and underwent damaging surgery to her vocal cords in 1997.  Left edge rough; otherwise a stunning autograph from a musical theater legend, in very fine condition.  1 page, removed from program. 13.6 x 21.6 cm.

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175. [Film & Theatre] Bergman, Ingmar. (1918–2007).
Original Photograph

Original photograph of the important Swedish film director, ca. 1940's–50's. With rather striking overpainting for greater contrast in publication, else in very fine condition. 8 x 10 inches (20.7 x 25.5 cm).

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176. [Film & Theatre] [Circus] Gurr, Harry..
"Man Fish" - Original Engraved Portrait Card

Original carte-de-visite-size engraved portrait of nineteenth-century acrobat and aquatic performer Harry Gurr, known as the "Man Fish." Printed by the Calvert Lithographic Co., Detroit. Toning and light soiling; overall very good. 2.25 x 4 inches (5.8 x 10.5 cm).

Harry Gurr performed on the double trapeze with the Joel E. Warner and W. W. Cole Circuses in the 1870's; he was also known for his "man fish" underwater act.


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177. [Film & Theatre] Clair, René. (1898 - 1981) [Nichols, Dudley. (1895-1960)].
Signed Letter to Dudley Nichols about "It Happened Tomorrow"

TLS, signed "René." 1 page, October 9, 1943. An interesting letter from the classic French filmmaker and writer to American screenwriter Dudley Nichols, about their script for the 1944 film It Happened Tomorrow, a fantasy directed by Clair. "As you will see, nothing important has been altered...I suppose our work was so solid that it was impossible to change its structure - like the Parthenon." Nichols (1895 - 1960), who wrote or co-wrote the screenplays for 72 movies, won the 1936 Oscar for Best Screenwriting but refused the award due to the ongoing Screen Writers Guild strike. Light folding creases; overall in fine condition. 8.5 x 11 inches (21.5 x 28 cm). Read More...

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178. [Film & Theatre] [Cohan, George. M. (1878–1942)].
"Gambling" - Program Pages

Five loose pages from an original playbill of George M. Cohan's play Gambling, produced at the Fulton Theatre on Broadway from August 1929 to January 1930. The play starred Cohan, Harry Lillford and Harold Healy. Very good. 5.25 x 7.75 inches (13.2 x 19.8 cm).

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179. [Film & Theatre] Cohan, George. M. (1878–1942).
Original Photograph at Paramount Pictures Lot

Original doubleweight photograph of the American performer and composer-lyricist, considered the father of American musical comedy. He is shown ca. 1930's beneath the ornate entrance to the Paramount Pictures lot. In very fine condition. 8 x 10 inches (19.7 x 24.5 cm).

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180. [Film & Theatre] Comden, Betty. (1917 - 2006) & Green, Adolph. (1914 - 2002).
Signed Playbill Cover of "Do Re Mi"

Original playbill cover from the 1999 Encores concert production of Do Re Mi, signed by the the noted American song-writing team also responsible for On the Town and Singin' in the Rain.  Do Re Mi, with music by Jule Styne and book by Garson Kanin, originally played on Broadway in 1960; the musical partnership of Comden and Green lasted long enough to see the concert revival 33 years later.  Left edge rough; otherwise in very fine condition.  1 page, removed from program. 13.6 x 21.7 cm.

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