Arroyo, Martina. (b. 1937)

Signed Photograph as Leonora in "Il Trovatore"

Signed Louis Mélançon photograph of the great American soprano in costume as Leonora for a Metropolitan Opera production of Verdi's Il Trovatore.  Arroyo has inscribed "To Paul / Best wishes / Martina Arroyo" in black ink to the upper right portion of the image.  A press note to verso announces that Arroyo will be part of the Met's one-week engagement in Boston.  Metropolitan Opera Press Department label to verso.  In fine condition.  8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm.).

Arroyo was part of the first generation of black opera singers to achieve wide success, her performing career spanning the decades from 1960 to 1990.  After her retirement in 1991, she focused her energies on teaching singing at various universities in the United States and Europe.  In 2013, she received a Kennedy Center Honor.

From the collection of Paul McMahon, a critic, photographer and artist who worked for more than 13 years touring with Marlene Dietrich as the icon’s stage manager, announcer, dresser, secretary and escort, and later spent 25 years as an arts and entertainment reviewer and photographer with Gay Community News, Esplanade, Tommy’s Connection, The Mirror, Bay Windows and other publications. (20887)

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