Miura, Tamaki. (1884–1946) [Franchetti, Aldo. (1883–1948)]
Signed "Merry Christmas Happy New Year" Photograph in "Namiko San"
Signed photograph of the celebrated Japanese opera singer as Namiko in Franchetti's 1926 opera Namiko San, a role she originated. Miura has inscribed "Merry Christmas / Happy New Year / Tamaki Miura / as / Aldo Franchetti's / 'Namiko San' / world premiere / Chicago Civic Opera / Dec. 11–1925." A printed caption to the lower margin identifies her as "Mme. Tamaki Miura,". Crease to lower left corner, else in fine condition. 3.5 x 4.25 inches (8.9 x 10.8 cm.).
Miura first came to international notice as Cio-Cio-San in a 1915 London Opera House production of Puccini's Madame Butterfly. Her career saw her perform throughout the United States and Europe before ultimately settling back in Japan.