Callas, Maria. (1923–1977)
Signed Photograph in La Traviata
Signed photograph of the legendary diva, who is shown in costume for the 1958 Dallas Opera production of La Traviata and has signed and inscribed across the foot of the image, dating 1969. Photograph with some light surface wear; biographical notes to the verso in another hand; some light mounting remnants to verso; overall fine. 4.25 x 5.75 inches (10.6 x 14.7 cm).
Among the early highlights of the young Dallas Opera company was the appearance of the famed Greek soprano, who opened the first season with an inaugural recital in 1957, and returned the following year to perform Verdi’s La Traviata and Cherubini’s Medea. Callas’s appearances with the Dallas Civic Opera, at a time when there weren’t many regional opera companies in the U.S., put Dallas on the operatic map and established its reputation as a major U.S. opera center. Callas' final performance of Traviata was with the Dallas Opera in 1958.