Full-length role portrait photograph as Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, signed in full in green ink
by VERRETT, Shirley 1931-2010
American mezzo-soprano, later soprano, Shirley Verrett "made her professional operatic début, as Lucretia in Yellow Springs, Ohio, in 1957. The following year she played (under the name Shirley Carter) Irina in Weill's Lost in the Stars at the New York City Opera... In 1962 her remarkable Carmen was first seen at the Spoleto Festival... At the first Metropolitan performance of Les Troyens in 1973 she played both Cassandra and - because of Christa Ludwig's illness - Dido. Her voice was richly burnished with an even range of more than two octaves, used with the utmost intelligence. In the late 1970s she began to assume soprano roles, most notably Tosca and Norma, while retaining most of her mezzo ones. On stage, especially as Delilah, Eboli or Azucena, she fused word, tone and gesture into an unforgettable characterization. She recorded several of her roles, most memorably Orpheus, Lady Macbeth, Ulrica and Eboli. Her large recital repertory included songs by Schubert, Brahms, Mahler, Milhaud, Falla and Rorem." Alan Blyth in Grove Music Online.. With printed caption: "Teatro alla Scala Shirley Verrett in "Macbeth" Foto Piccagliani Stagione lirica 1975-76" to lower margin, copyright handstanp of E. Piccagliani, Teatro alla Scala, to verso. 147 x 107 mm. (Inventory #: 24016)
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