Large photograph by the New York studio of Aimé Dupont of Saleza as Rodolfo in Puccini's La Bohème
by SALEZA, Albert 1867-1916
1900. Saleza, a French tenor, "sang Rodolfo at the first Metropolitan performance of Puccini's La bohème in 1900, evoking 'a frenzy of enthusiasm' (Krehbiel)... He had, according to Henderson, 'a pure, mellow tenor voice of admirable quality... elegant diction... [and[ the finish of the Gallic school' in his phrasing." Elizabeth Forbes in Grove Music Online. He also sang in the first Paris performance of Verdi's Otello. The Belgian-born American photographer and sculptor Aimè Dupont (1842-1900) was the official photographer of the Metropolitan Opera, best-known for his photographs of singers; following his death his wife Etta continued the business. A rare and striking image, contemporary to the time of Saleza's performance as Rodolfo at the first Metropolitan Opera performance of La Bohème.. 348 x 268 mm. With "Albert Saleza" finely printed below photograph. Laid down to publisher's board; matted. Some very minor imperfections. (Inventory #: 24332)
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