Autograph signature ("G Martinelli") in black ink dated January 11, 1938, inscribed "With best wishes"
by MARTINELLI, Giovanni 1885-1969
Martinelli, an Italian tenor, sang for thirty one consecutive seasons at the Metropolitan opera, appearing in 926 performances in a total of 38 operas there. "Over the years Martinelli developed an unimpeachable technique and scrupulous style, and after the death of Caruso became the leading exponent of such dramatic and heroic roles as Verdi's Manrico, Radames, Don Alvaro and, eventually, Otello. He displayed his skills as a singing actor in the roles of Samson and Eléazar (La Juive). The clarion ring of his upper register, the distinctness and purity of his declamation and the sustained legato phrasing made possible by remarkable breath control were the outstanding features of his mature style; he retained his vocal powers to an advanced age, making his final appearances as Emperor Altoum (Turandot) as late as 1967." Desmond Shawe-Taylor and Alan Blyth in Grove Music Online.. On a slip of paper ca. 100 x 123 mm.Slightly worn and creased. (Inventory #: 24507)
Musical Autographs and Manuscripts; Rare Books on Music and Dance; First and Early Editions of Printed Music; Prints, Drawings and Ephemera relating to Music and Dance including Opera and Ballet.
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