Bust-length role portrait photograph as Tannhäuser, signed in full and inscribed at upper left: "To Mrs Anne Yale Allis March with best wishes from Lauritz Melchior."
by MELCHIOR, Lauritz 1890-1973
1941. "The heroic scale of his singing, even as experienced through recordings," marked Lauritz Melchior as the foremost Heldentenor of the twentieth century. "In his later years [he] sang little but Wagner, and concentrated on the heaviest roles, in each of which he appeared over 100 times (as Tristan, over 200). These figures suggest the stamina and endurance that enabled him to sound fresh in the last acts of Tristan and Götterdämmerung. A certain baritonal warmth remained a welcome characteristic, but there was no corresponding constriction in his top notes; Siegfried's lusty high C always rang thrillingly. These virtues were coupled with vivid and enunciation." Desmond Shawe-Taylor in Grove Music Online.. With autograph annotation "Tannhauser" to lower right corner. 174 x 124 mm.Somewhat faded; slightly worn and browned at edges; remnants of adhesive to verso. (Inventory #: 23968)
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