Autograph inscription signed and dated ("Very truly yours Lillian Nordica 1893")
by NORDICA, Lillian 1857-1914
New York: Breitkopf & Härtel, 1887. Nordica "studied with Sangiovanni in Milan; he coined her stage name and arranged for her operatic débuts... Nordica subsequently sang at Drury Lane (1887), Covent Garden (1888-93) and the Metropolitan Opera, where she made her début as Leonora in Il trovatore (27 March 1890)... After extensive coaching by Cosima Wagner, she sang Elsa in the first production of Lohengrin at Bayreuth in 1894. At the height of her Metropolitan Opera career... she was known primarily as a Wagnerian... From 1908 Nordica devoted herself to concert performances... Nordica had a rich voice and a remarkable coloratura range. She knew 40 operatic roles in English, Italian, German, French and Russian... Late in her career she became a strong proponent of opera in English; she was also an ardent suffragist and had an unfulfilled dream of establishing a Bayreuth-like American Institute for Music." Katherine K. Preston in Grove Music OnlineAimé Dupont (1842-1900) opened his studio in New York in 1884; the studio was affiliated with the Metropolitan Opera from 1886 to 1906.The label "Made in Germany" was introduced by the British Merchandise Marks Act of 1887.. On a slip of paper ca. 114 x 47 mm. Together with a three-quarter length role portrait photograph from the Aimé Dupont studio, with "Made in Germany" printed to verso. (Inventory #: 23970)
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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