Scotti, Antonio. (1866–1936)
Signed Oversize Photograph in "Otello"
Signed oversize exhibition photograph of the Italian baritone in costume as Iago in Verdi's Otello. Scotti has inscribed and boldly signed to Charles Drumheller, tenor and longtime rehearsal pianist at the Metropolitan and Chicago Lyric Opera: "To Mr. / Charles Drumheller / Sincerely / A Scotti / Ravinia Park / August / 1919" in white ink. Significant toning and wear to edges, particularly to the lower corners, though the image and signature remain unaffected and most imperfections could be easily matted out of view. Overall in very good condition. 11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm.).
"First opened on August 15, 1904, Ravinia remains the oldest and most programmatically diverse music festival in North America, attracting about 600,000 guests to over 120 events each year...From 1919 through 1931, Ravinia was known as the 'summer opera capital of the world,' welcoming to its stage the most-celebrated singers from Europe who sailed to America to perform at the Met and were in no hurry to make that arduous return voyage...Ravinia continues to attract headline-making artists from all genres of music." ("History of Ravinia," www.ravinia.org)