Waist-length role portrait photograph as Dapertutto in Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann, signed "M Singher," inscribed to Robert Henry Stock, and dated 1946
by SINGHER, Martial 1904-1990
French-born American baritone Martial Singher "made his début [in November 1930] in Amsterdam as Orestes in Iphigénie en Tauride under Monteux. He first sang at the Opéra a month later, as Athanaël in Thaïs, and remained a principal baritone of that company as well as singing at the Opéra-Comique. Singher settled in the USA and made his Metropolitan début in 1943 as Dapertutto in Les contes d'Hoffmann. He continued as a member of the Metropolitan until 1959, singing Pelléas, Count Almaviva and Figaro in Figaro, all four baritone roles in Hoffmann, Lescaut in Manon and Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette, Wolfram and Amfortas. He was the first to sing Ravel's song cycle Don Quichotte à Dulcinée (which he recorded)." Peter G. Davis and Dennis K. McIntire in Grove Music Online. With handstamp of Franklin Photos, New York to verso. 162 x 119 mm.Slightly worn and creased. (Inventory #: 23993)
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