Autograph signature ("Sofia Scalchi Lolli") dated San Francisco, January 31, 1887
by SCALCHI, Sofia 1850-1922
Scalchi "made her début in 1866 at Mantua as Ulrica in Un ballo in maschera. In 1868 she sang Azucena in Il trovatore at Covent Garden, where she returned virtually every year until 1889; she was also active in St Petersburg from 1872 to 1881 and in 1889-90. Her repertory included many travesty roles as well as Maddalena (Rigoletto), Amneris (Aida), Léonore (La favorite), Fidès (Le prophète) and Ortrud (Lohengrin). In 1882 she appeared at Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro and at New York, where she made her début at the Academy of Music as Arsaces (Semiramide). At the opening night of the Metropolitan (22 October 1883) she sang Siebel in Faust; after singing Cenerentola at Florence (1886) and Vanya in the first London performance of Glinka's A Life for the Tsar at Covent Garden (1887), she returned to New York as Emilia in the first American performance of Verdi's Otello at the Academy of Music (1888). During her last seasons at the Metropolitan she sang Gluck's Orfeo (1893), Beppe in L'amico Fritz (1894) and Mistress Quickly in the American première of Falstaff (1895). She retired in 1896. Her voice was voluminous but very flexible, with a wide range." Elizabeth Forbes in Grove Music Online.. On card stock, ca. 61 x 93 mm. Laid down to a bust-length lithograph of the singer, ca. 296 x 231 mm.Autograph slightly stained at edges; lithograph lacking blank portions of left margin, not affecting image. (Inventory #: 24346)
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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