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above: detail of Roberto Alagna autograph

Roberto Alagna - born 1963, French tenor (French-born of Italian parents). He made his professional debut as Alfredo in La Traviata in the Glyndebourne Opera touring company, then made his La Scala debut in 1990 as Rodolfo; but it was his performance of Romeo in Gounod's Romeo et Juliette in 1994 that catapulted him to fame, and in 1996 he made his Metropolitan Opera debut. In 2008 he hit the headlines when he walked offstage in Aida at La Scala after being booed by the audience, but later sang the role at the Metropolitan Opera to huge acclaim. His repertoire includes Pinkerton, the Duke of Mantua, Nemorino, Edguardo, Calaf and the title roles in Don Carlo and Faust, and he enthusiastically promotes neglected French operas, particularly those of Massenet - 5 x 6.5 inches (13 x 17 cm) autographed photo, signed in black marker-pen. £30

 

 

 

 

     

Licia Albanese - 1913-2014, Italian (later American) soprano; sang for many years at the Metropolitan Opera New York, and is best remembered for her Puccini roles - 8 x 10 inches (20 x 25.5 cm) large autographed photo showing her as Manon Lescault, with dedication: "To Guilham Bleirod, cordially, Licia Albanese, Met Opera House". £50
 

   

 

   

  

  

 

Henri Albers - 1866-1925, Dutch baritone; he made his operatic debut in Holland as Mephistopheles in Gounod's Faust. In the 1890s he sang at the Metropolitan Opera with Jean de Reszke, Nellie Melba and Emma Calve. From 1899 he sang at the Opera Comique, by now performing baritone, bass-baritone and basso-cantante roles, including Germont Pere and Escamillo. He made many recordings of opera arias and Schumann and Tchaikovsky songs -autograph on 5 x 6 inches (12.5 x 15 cm) paper page, signed: "Henri Albers, Royal opera Covent Garden Juillet 1899". Condition: item was originally folded in half so has a horizontal crease, and has a small tear for 2 cms along this crease just above the word "opera". £20     

 

 

 

 

  

        

Lucia Aliberti - born 1957 (her publicity now says 1961) Italian soprano specialising in Bellini and Donizetti roles, including the title roles in Lucia di Lammermoor, Norma, Lucrezia Borgia, Anna Bolena and Beatrice di Tenda, plus Gilda (Rigoletto) and Violetta (La Traviata). She has performed at most of the world's major opera houses including The Met, ROH Covent Garden, La Scala Milan, & Rome Opera House 4 x 6 inches (15 x 20 cm) autographed photo, with dedication in Italain. £12      

 

 

  

  

 

  

Norman Allin - 1884-1973, British bass; famous for his resonant basso-profundo voice, heard in some of the earliest HMV complete recordings of operas, especially Bartolo in Glyndebourne's 1930s Le Nozze di Figaro - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo, with inscription: "Best wishes for a quick rec overy, from Norman Allin". Condition: fragments of paper on reverse where item has been glued in album. £30

         

   

  

 

  

  

    

Herbert Alsen - 1906-1978, German bass; sang at Vienna State Opera, ROH Covent Garden, Glyndebourne and the Metropolitan Opera New York; a fine Osmin and Rocco. Sang Pogner under Toscanini, and most famous as a superb Sarastro - 4 x 6 inches (10.5 x 14.5 cm) autographed photo, signed: "Herbert Alsen, 30.1.44". £35      

   

  

 

   

  

 

          

 

above: detail of Marcello Alvarez autograph

Marcello Alvarez - born 1963, Argentinian tenor; he made his professional debut in 1995 at La Fenice as Elvino in La Sonnambula, and was immediately booked by many of Europe's major opera houses. In 1998 he made his debuts at Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Operta and the Vienna Staatsoper, all as Alfredo in La Traviata. Since then he has regularly appeared at Covent Garden, including as the Duke of Manchua, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Riccardo in Un Ballo in Maschera and as Hoffmann - 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15 cm) autographed photo showing him as the Duke of Manchua in Rigoletto at the Arena di Verona, signed: "To Albert, Marcello Alvarez". £18

 

 

 

 

 

       

 

above: detail of Rosette Anday autograph

Rosette Anday - 1903-1977, Hungarian mezzo-soprano. She made her debut as Carmen at the Vienna Staatsoper at the astonishingly young age of 18, and caused a sensation. She soon was singing Cherubino, Azucena, Ulrica, Dorabella and Dalila in the great opera houses of Europe and the USA, but her career was disrupted by the war: because of her Jewish origins she was forbidden from singing, but her marriage to a non-jew protected her from further persecution. After the war she restarted her career, and continually championed the works of Mahler. She had an astonishing deep contralto voice, but could sing up to a soprano top C, and was considered one of the very finest singers of her age - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo, with dedication, signed: "Herr Karl Winning, herzliebst, Rosette Anday, 25/xi/33". Condition: dog-ear crease to bottom right corner. £35

 

 

 

 

       

         

 

above: detail of Peter Anders autograph

Peter Anders - 1908-1954, German tenor; he joined Berlin Staatsoper in 1936 singing Tamino, Belmonte and Cavaradossi, then in 1948 he joined Hamburg Opera singing heroic roles such as Lohengrin, Florestan and Otello. At the 1950 Edinburgh Festival he sang Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos, and at Covent Garden in 1951 he sang Florestan and Walther. In 1954 he died following a car accident. - 3.5 x 5.5 (9 x 14 cm) autographed postcard. £100

 

 

 

 

 

Jon Andrew - born 1932, New Zealand tenor; from 1960 he sang for the New Zealand Opera Company in Auckland, where his roles included Pinkerton, Rodolfo, Don José, Radames and Cavaradossi. In 1962 he joined Sadlers Wells Opera, where his roles included Samson in Samson and Delilah, Don José, Radames in Aida, and Alfred in Die Fledermaus. In 1967 he made his Covent Garden debut as Froh in the Ring Cycle under Georg Solti. He frequently sang in Munich, where he was a notable Otello in Verdi's opera, and this was the role for which he became famous. In 2012, aged 80, he became the oldest tenor ever to sing the role of Otello - 4 x 5.5 inches (10.5 x 14 cm) autographed photo, probably dating from the 1980s, showing him as Otello. £25    

 

 

 

 

  

        

Giacomo Aragall - born 1939, Spanish tenor; particularly noted for his Cavaradossi in Tosca - 4 x 6 inches (10.5 x 15 cm) autographed photo showing him as Romeo in Bellini's I Capuletti e I Montecchi at La Scala Milan, 1966. (The card spells his name as "Aragal").   SOLD 

    

 

above: detail of Giacomo Aragall autograph

 

  

  

 

   

    

 

Francisco Araiza - born 1950, Mexican tenor, singing Ernesto (Don Pasquale) at ROH Covent Garden, Belmonte (La Cenerentola) at The Metropolitan Opera, and sings Gounod's Faust, Gounod's Romeo, Werther and the Verdi and Puccini tenor roles at most of the world's major opera houses, and more recently has sung Wagner roles including Walther and Lohengrin - autograph in green felt-pen on 6 x 3.5 inches (14.5 x 9 cm) white page from autograph book, plus (unsigned) 5 x 7 inches (13 x 18 cm) record-company publicity photo. £15    [ref: FA1]  

  

  

 

 

 

  

 

Francisco Araiza - born 1950, Mexican tenor, singing Ernesto (Don Pasquale) at ROH Covent Garden, Belmonte (La Cenerentola) at The Metropolitan Opera, and sings Gounod's Faust, Gounod's Romeo, Werther and the Verdi and Puccini tenor roles at most of the world's major opera houses, and more recently has sung Wagner roles including Walther and Lohengrin - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo. £20   [ref: FA2]     

 

 

 

 

  

 

                                                    

above: detail of Graciela Araya autograph

Graciela Araya - Austrian (Chilean-born) mezzo-soprano. She has a huge repertoire, but is most famous for singing the title role in Bizet's Carmen, a role which she has sung more than 400 times. She has sung 12 seasons at the Vienna Staatsoper, and has performed at the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, Rome Opera, Los Angeles Opera and Seattle Opera. Her other roles include Charlotte in Werther, Amneris, Delila and Kundry - 4 x 6 inches (10.5 x 15 cm) autographed photo. £18

 

 

 

 

     

          

 

above: detail of Sheila Armstrong autograph

Sheila Armstrong - born 1942, British soprano. She was co-winner of the 1965 Kathleen Ferrier Award. She made her debut as Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte at Sadlers Wells Opera in 1965, and the following year at Glyndebourne in Dido and Aeneas, and in 1973 made her Covent Garden debut in Fidelio - 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15 cm) autographed photo, signed: "Best wishes, Sheila Armstrong". £15

 

 

 

 

    

          

 

above: detail of Rosemary Ashe autograph

Rosemary Ashe - born 1953; British mezzo-soprano and actress, with a prolific career in opera, musicals, music theatre, and TV. She is probably best known for her numerous West End stage roles, including Carlotta in the original London production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, Felicia Gabriel in The Witches of Eastwick, Miss Andrew in the original London stage version of Mary Poppins, and Madame Thenardier in Les Miserables  - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo, firmly signed in blue biro (autograph darker and clearer rthan appears on the scan). £12   [ref: RA1]

 

 

 

 

 

          

 

above: detail of Rosemary Ashe autograph

Rosemary Ashe - born 1953; British mezzo-soprano, with a prolific career in opera, musicals, music theatre and TV. She is probably best known for her numerous West End stage roles, including Carlotta in the original London production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, Felicia Gabriel in The Witches of Eastwick, Miss Andrew in the original London stage version of Mary Poppins, and Madame Thenardier in Les Miserables - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo, signed: "Best wishes, Rosemary Ashe". The firm dark blue biro autograph is clearer than shown in scan. £12   [ref: RA2] 

 

 

 

 

   

                                  

 

above: detail of Lado Ataneli autograph

Lado Ataneli - born 1963, Georgian baritone, who specialises in Verdi and Puccini roles. His repertoire includes Renato, Tonio, Sharpless, Scarpia, Jack Rance and Rigoletto. He has sung for the Vienna Staatsoper, and was Amonasro at the Metropolitan Opera, and in 2004 he sang di Luna in Il Trovatore at Covent Garden - 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15 cm) autographed photo. dated 2004. £20

 

 

 

 

 

                            

above: detail of Vladimir Atlantov autograph

Vladimir Atlantov - born 1939, Russian tenor. He trained in Italy, and returned to make his professional debut at the Kirov Opera in La Forza del Destino. He was denied permission to  leave the Soviet Union to sing at the Metropolitan Opera, but gained huge success in the Queen of Spades for the Kirov, subsequently moving to the Bolshoi Opera, for which he sang 18 roles including Alfredo in La Traviata, Lensky in Eugene Onegin and most notably the title role in Otello. Towards the end of his career he was able to leave Russia, and sang for the Vienna Staatsoper and other Austrian and German opera houses - 4 x 6 inches (10.5 x 15 cm) autographed photo, showing him as Otello at Deutsche Opera Berlin, with excellent autograph in red marker pen. £30

 

 

 

 

   

Arleen Auger - 1939-1993, American soprano - a highly intelligent performer with a superb coluratura voice, who died an early death from a brain tumour. After training in California she won a scholarship to study in Vienna, and in 1967 made a sensational debut at the Staatsoper as the Queen of the Night, a role with which she made her New York City Opera debut in 1969. In 1978 she made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Marzelline in Fidelio, but it was in Europe that her main successes came, and she became perticularly famous for singing the title roles of Alcina and L'incoronazione di Poppea - 4 x 5.5 inches (10 x 14 cm) autographed photo showing her as Sandrina in Haydn's Lohnt sich Nich. Now a scarce autograph. £45   [ref: AA1]    

  

   

   

 

    

    

Arleen Auger - 1939-1993, American soprano - a highly intelligent performer with a superb coloratura voice, who died an early death from a brain tumour. She was always more popular in Europe than in her native USA, and was most famous for singing the title roles in Alcina  and L'incoronatione di Poppea - autograph in blue biro on 3 x 5 inches (12.5 x 7.5 cm) white card. Scarce autograph. £20   [ref: AA2]       

  

  

 

  

   

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