Bust-length role portrait photograph of the tenor as Rodolfo in Puccini's La Bohème, signed in full and inscribed "To Victor Saxl my good friend."
by TUCKER, Richard 1913-1975
"In 1949 [Richard Tucker] received the accolade of being invited to sing in Toscanini's recorded broadcast of Aida. He made his European début in 1947 at the Verona Arena as Enzo to Callas's La Gioconda (her Italian début) and later appeared in London, Vienna, Milan and Florence. America in general and the Metropolitan in particular, however, remained the focal point of his extraordinary career, which spanned three decades of leading roles... he had few peers in the projection of Italianate passions, or in fervour, ease, evenness and vocal security. He gave more than 600 performances in 30 leading roles at the Metropolitan, first lyric and later dramatic, beginning with La Gioconda in 1945 and ending with Pagliacci a few weeks before his sudden death. Among the recordings which best reveal his forthright, sturdy style are two versions of La forza del destino (one with Callas and one with Leontyne Price) and Aida (with Callas)." Martin Bernheimer in Grove Music Online.. From the studio of Louis Mélançon. Handstamp of dedicatee to verso. Ca. 252 x 203 mm.Slightly worn. (Inventory #: 23985)
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