Gigli, Beniamino. (1890-1957)
A desirable signed early photograph of the honey-voiced tenor in his youthful prime, dated 1932. An attractive blue-hued halftone photograph on a hand-inked frame mount, boldly signed in black ink on the mount and in crisp, very fine condition. (7.5 x 4.5 in) (17.5 x 10.5 cm)
In lyrical and romantic repertory, many regarded Gigli as the legitimate heir of Caruso. He made his professional debut as Enzo in La Gioconda at Rovigo in 1914 and his Rome Opera debut as Faust in Mefistofele in 1916. He later debuted at La Scala in 1918 and first appeared at the Met in 1920, singing every season there until 1932 when he returned to Europe.