1926. Black and white studio photograph of Titta Ruffo, 14.5 x 19 cm., costumed as Hamlet (?), torso and head with eyes cast heavenward, inscribed by Ruffo and dated 1926, in fine condition; With separate card 14 x 9.5 cm., with a note, black ink, in Italian, signed by Ruffo and dated "14. III. 1926", in fine condition; Together in frame, 33.5 x 43.5 cm. PC Consignment. Titta Ruffo (9 June 1877 - 5 July 1953), born as Ruffo Cafiero (double forename) Titta, was an Italian operatic baritone who had a major international singing career. Known as the "Voce del leone" ("voice of the lion"), he was greatly admired, even by rival baritones. Ruffo made his American debut in Philadelphia in 1912 and sang extensively in Chicago. He reached the New York Metropolitan Opera relatively late in his career, in 1922, as Figaro in The Barber of Seville, having enlisted in the Italian army during World War I. He would give a total of 46 performances at the Met from 1922 through to 1929. [Wikipedia]. FP New Rockville Stock. (Inventory #: 15-480-1313751)
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