Bust-length photograph signed in full and inscribed "Sincerely Yours."
by MAYNOR, Dorothy 1910-1996
Dorothy Maynor, who possessed a "soaring, belllike soprano capable of exquisite musical effects," toured the United States, Latin America, and Europe as a successful recitalist and soloist with leading orchestras. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 1940 with the New York Philharmonic, and sang at the Presidential Inaugural galas for Harry S. Truman in 1940 and Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953. Although she committed more than 100 operatic roles to memory, however, she never appeared on an opera stage because no such opportunities existed for African American artists in the 1930s and 1940s, when Maynor was in her prime. In 1963, she founded the Harlem School of the Arts, and in 1975 became the first African American member of the Metropolitan Opera board. William Grimes in the New York Times, February 24, 1996.. Ca. 257 x 202 mm.Slightly worn and soiled; cracked at corners; handstamp of Bill Anderson, minor annotations, and remnants of adhesive to verso. (Inventory #: 23872)
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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