Italian baritone Antonio Scotti "made his début at the Circolo Filarmonico, Naples, in March 1889 as Cinna in Spontini's La vestale. The first part of his career, spent in Madrid, South America, Russia and the major Italian cities, ended with his début at La Scala (1898-9). During this period, smooth delivery, variety of colour, a fine legato and facility in the upper register were his chief qualities, together with the elegance of his acting, in a repertory that, as well as the typically ‘noble' baritone roles in Don Giovanni, Les Huguenots, I puritani, La favorite, Ernani and Don Carlos, also included Falstaff and Tonio. After his début at Covent Garden (1899) and at the Metropolitan Opera (1899-1900), Scotti's performances were largely confined to London... and New York, where he sang regularly until 1933... In 1919 he formed, with colleagues from the Metropolitan, the Scotti Grand Opera Company, which for four seasons undertook tours of the USA and Canada." Rodolfo Celletti and Valeria Pregliasco Gualerzi in Grove Music Online.. In black ink on a slip of light blue paper, ca. 115 x 179 mm. Dated February 17, 1927. Slightly worn; paper slightly faded at margins; trimmed; remnants of former mount to verso.Together with a fine original bust-length photograph of Scotti in formal attire, ca. 203 x 152 mm., from the Mishkin studio in New York. With handstamps of the singer, the Scotti Grand Opera Company, and the Metropolitan Musical Bureau to verso.Slightly worn and rubbed; remnants of former mount to verso. (Inventory #: 24301)
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