Bust-length postcard photograph in formal attire, signed in full and dated Vienna, February 1, 29
by SLEZAK, Leo 1873-1946
Leo Slezak (1873-1946) was a prominent Austrian-Czech tenor who "combined great warmth and brilliance of tone with clear enunciation and a most delicate use of mezza voce... His career in Vienna, whither he was called by Mahler in 1901, was brilliant and prolonged; he remained one of the leading tenors of the house until the mid-1920s, and subsequently made occasional guest appearances until a final Pagliacci in 1933." In the autumn of 1909 he made his first appearance at the Metropolitan Opera as Otello, to great acclaim. "He remained with the company for four consecutive seasons, singing, among other parts, his main Wagner roles (Tannhäuser, Lohengrin, Walther), Verdi's Manrico and Radames, and Tchaikovsky's Hermann, and frequently appearing under the direction of Toscanini and Mahler... In later years he became well known as an interpreter of lieder, and later still made a new career for himself in ‘comic uncle' roles in German and Austrian films." Desmond Shawe-Taylor in Grove Music Online.. With "Residenz-Atelier" and "Kammersänger Leo Slezak" printed to lower margin. (Inventory #: 24066)
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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