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Montserrat Caballe - born 1933, versatile Spanish soprano wth virtually faultless technique;in 1965 she replaced Marilyn Horne at short notice in a New York concert performance of Lucrezia Borgia, and gained overnight stardom; within the year she had made her Glyndebourne debut as the Marschallin, then as Mozart's Countess, and her Metropolitan Opera debut as Marguerite. Appearances at nearly all of the world's major opera houses followed. Her repertoire included the title roles in Aida, Tosca, Salome, Norma and Lucrezia Borgia - 5 x 7 inches (12.5 x 17.5 cm) autographed photo showing her in Herodiade. £25   [ref: MC1]
          

  

    

 

 

 

  
Montserrat Caballe - born 1933, versatile Spanish soprano with virtually faultless technique;in 1965 she replaced Marilyn Horne at short notice in a New York concert performance of Lucrezia Borgia, and gained overnight stardom; within the year she had made her Glyndebourne debut as the Marschallin, then as Mozart's Countess, and her Metropolitan Opera debut as Marguerite. Appearances at nearly all of the world's major opera houses followed. Her repertoire included the title roles in Aida, Tosca, Salome, Norma and Lucrezia Borgia - 5 x 7 inches (13 x 18 cm) autographed photo showing her as Tosca at the Met. £25   [ref: MC2]
       

 

 

 

 

  

        

Teresa Cahill - British soprano, best known for her Mozart and Richard Strauss interpretations; she made her professional debut at Glyndebourne as the First Lady in Die Zaubeflote, returning to sing Alice Ford in Falstaff. She then regularly performed at Covent Garden, her many roles included both Donna Elvira and Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier. She also appeared frequently at Scottish Opera, English National Opera, Kent Opera, Opera North, Santa Fe Opera and Philadelphia Opera. She had a successful concert career often appearing at the Proms, and her recordings included Richard Strauss lieder - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo showing her as Donna Elvira for Glyndebourne Touring Opera. £15   [ref: TC1]    

   

  

 

   

  

   

Teresa Cahill - British soprano, best known for her Mozart and Richard Strauss interpretations; she made her professional debut at Glyndebourne as the First Lady in Die Zaubeflote, returning to sing Alice Ford in Falstaff. She then regularly performed at Covent Garden, her many roles included both Donna Elvira and Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier. She also appeared frequently at Scottish Opera, English National Opera, Kent Opera, Opera North, Santa Fe Opera and Philadelphia Opera. She had a successful concert career often appearing at the Proms, and her recordings included Richard Strauss lieder - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo showing her as Fiordiligi for Glyndebourne Touring Opera. £15   [ref: TC2]    

   

  

 

   

  

 

                       

 

above: detail of John Cameron autograph

John Cameron - 1918-2002, Australian baritone. After an early operatic career in Australia, he moved to Britain in 1949, singing for the Covent Garden Opera Company where his roles included Germont Pere in La Traviata and The Speaker in The Magic Flute. He was a favourite soloist of Sir Malcolm Sargent, and appeared on his recordings of Elijah, The Dream of Gerontius, The Beggar's Opera, and eight Gilbert and Sullivan Operas including Trial by Jury, HMS Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, Iolanthe, The Mikado and The Gondoliers. As well as having a superb voice, he was an excellent actor, and was particularly noted for his Jack Point in The Yeomen of the Guard which he performed in New York in 1962 and at the Tower of London in 1962 and 1964 - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo, signed: "Sincerest good wishes, John Cameron" in blue biro (not quite as dark as scan of autograph detail on right). Condition: very light surface-creasing middle-left and top-left. £20

 

 

 

 

 

Renato Capecchi - 1923-1998, Italian baritone with a huge repertoire and a long career at La Scala Milan and at the Met; he became associated with comic roles, especially Fra Melitone in La Forza del Destino, the role with which he made his Covent Garden debut in 1962. In 1977 he sang the title role in Verdi's Falstaff to huge acclaim - autograph on 5 x 3 inches (13 x 7.5 cm) white card, signed : "Renato Capecchi 1980" in blue biro, firmer and nicer signature than appears on scan. £12 

   

     

     

 

 

 

    

           

Piero Cappuccilli - 1929-2005, Italian baritone. He was the quintessential Verdi baritone whose roles included Rigoletto, Iago, Simon Boccanegra, Posa and Macbeth; always reliable on records, he was far more exciting as a live performer - 4.25 x 6.25 inches (11 x 16 cm) autographed photo showing him as Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor. £26   [ref: PC1]
       

   

  

 

  

  

  

Piero Cappuccilli - 1926-2005, Italian baritone. He was the quintessential Verdi baritone whose roles included Rigoletto, Iago, Posa, Simon Boccanegra and Macbeth; always reliable in studio recordings, he was far more exciting as a live performer - 5 x 7 inches (13 x 18cm) autograph photo, with dedication, signed: "Per Ken Dyer, cordialemente, Piero Cappuccilli". Condition: slight surface-creasing bottom-left. £22   [ref: PC2]     

 

 

 

 

  

  

Jose Carreras - born 1946, Spanish tenor, a major singer of the 1970s and 80s (Nemorino, Rodolfo, Don Jose); following his recovery from leukemia he was one of the Three Tenors in the famous Rome concert - 5 x 7 inches (12.5 x 18 cm) autographed photo, dated '78. Condition: top and bottom left corners slightly creased. Really nice younger autograph. £34   [ref: JC1]         

   

  

 

   

  

  

Jose Carreras - born 1946, Spanish tenor, a major singer of the 1970s and 80s (Nemorino, Rodolfo, Don Jose) ; following his recovery from leukemia he was one of the Three Tenors in the famous Rome Concert - 7 x 9.5 inches (18 x 24 cm) large autographed photo, dated '78. Superb younger autograph. £38   [ref: JC2]         

   

   

    

  

 

  

 

John Cartier - 1923-1997, British baritone who was a member of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company for many years; he frequently was John Reed's understudy, and his repertoire of Gilbert and Sullivan roles included The Duke of Plaza-Toro (The Gondoliers), The Lord Chancellor (Iolanthe) and KoKo (The Mikado) - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) postcard showing him as the Major in Patience, signed: "All good wishes, John Cartier". £20  

  

 

above: detail of John Cartier autograph

 

 

 

 

    

 

                                     

 

   above: detail of Richard Cassilly autograph

Richard Cassilly - 1927-1998, American tenor; a large man with a powerful, vibrant voice which he used with great intelligence and clear diction. His huge repertoire included many contemporary roles, as well as German heldentenor ones. From 1955-66 he sang with New York City Opera where his roles included Pinkerton, Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw and Don Jose, and for Cincinnati Opera he sang Peter Grimes, Canio and Radames. From 1965 he sang regularly in Europe, particularly in Germany. In 1968 he made his Covent Garden debut as Laca (Jenufa). returning for Florestan, Herod, Peter Grimes, Otello and Tannhauser. From 1978 he was a regular performer at the Metropolitan Opera as Canio, Tristan, Captain Vere (Billy Budd) and Samson. For the last decade of his life he taught, until his death from a fall on the ice - 3.75 x 5.75 inches (9.5 x 14.5 cm) autographed photo showing him in costume, probably as Otello. £30

 

 

 

 

            

Lloyd Chandos - 1861-1939, British tenor, notable oratorio soloist (Sullivan's The Martyr of Antioch) as well as opera (Pagliacci, Aida) - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed postcard, signed: "Best wishes, Lloyd Chandos". £20         

   

  

  

 

  

       

Giuliano Ciannella - 1943-2008, Italian tenor, a pupil of Carlo Bergonzi, and a noted Rodolfo, Cavaradossi and Manrico - autograph on 6 x 3.5 inches (15 x 9 cm) white page from autograph book, signed in October 1985 after a performance of Il Trovatore at ROH Covent Garden. £10     

   

  

  

 

  

           

     

 

above: detail of Edith Coates autograph

 
Edith Coates - 1908-1983, British mezzo-soprano with 50 year career; sang the role of Carmen at Covent Garden in 1946, and creating the role of Auntie in Peter Grimes - 4.75 x 3.5 inches (12 x 9 cm) autographed photo showing her as Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro, signed: "Best wishes, Edith Coates". £30    

  

  

 

  

  

   

John Coates - 1895-1941, British tenor; sang as a baritone with D'Oyly Carte Opera Company 1894-5, then retrained as a tenor and had major career in oratorio (he was Elgar's favourite Gerontius), and opera, singing Tristan and Siegfried under Sir Thomas Beecham - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed postcard, signed: "Yours sincerely, John Coates". Condition: rather dirty with wear and marks at the corners. £22   [ref: JC1]    

   

 

above: detail of John Coates autograph

   

    

    

   
  
 

Peter Coleman-Wright - Australian baritone, performing with English National Opera, Royal Opera, Metropolitan Opera and Opera Australia (Scarpia, Don Giovanni, Escamillo, Onegin) - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autotographed photo. £18       

   

  

 

  

  

     

              

 

above: detail of Anselmo Colzani autograph

Anselmo Colzani - 1918-2006, Italian baritone with a big dramatic voice; a notable Alfio, Sharpless, Gerard, Jack Rance, Tonio, Rigoletto, Falstaff, Nabucco and Macbeth. He performed at most of the world's great opera houses, and sang over 270 performances at the Metropolitan Opera New York, most notably as Scarpia - 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15 cm) autographed photo showing him as Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera, dated 1961. £40

 

 

 

 

 

        

Elizabeth Connell - South African-born Irish soprano. Initially a mezzo-soprano, from 1973-1974 she sang with Australian Opera (Venus, Amneris), and at English National Opera 1975-80 she sang Eboli, Santuzza and Sieglinde. In 1983 she re-launched her career as a soprano singing Fiordiligi at La Scala Milan and Norma at Geneva. At ROH Covent Garden she has appeared regularly, and is particularly known for her Leonora in Il Trovatore - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo. £18          

 

   

 

    

  

 

                        

 

above: detail of Alessandro Corbelli autograph

Alessandro Corbelli - born 1952, Italian baritone; initially he sang lyric baritone roles, but later gained an international reputation in buffo roles, including Rossini's Dr Bartolo, Don Pasquale, Don Magnifico and Don Alfonso (Cosi Fan Tutte). He had sung nearly 70 times at the Metropolitan Opera New York, including the title role in Gianni Schicchi, and he is a favourite at Covent Garden where he has played Dulcamara, Dr Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Michonnet in Adriana Lecouvreur and Taddeo in L'Italiana in Algiers. He has made dozens of recordings  - 3.5 x 5 inches (9 x 12.5 cm) autographed photo, signed in red pen and dated 1989. £20

 

 

 

 

   

        

 

above: detail of Marcel Cordes autograph

Marcel Cordes - (born Karl Schumacher) 1920-1992, German baritone who made his debut as Count di Luna, then after WW2 (and a period as a prisoner-of-war) sang as a tenor, singing Canio and other tenor roles in many German opera houses. In the 1950s he reverted to the baritone repertory, singing in Munich, Stuttgart, Zurich and at the Vienna Volksoper. His repertoire included Ford, Onegin, Marcello, Michele (Il Tabarro), Tonio, Rossini's Figaro, Rigoletto and Gerard. His particularly beautiful voice can be heard in many recordings - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed record company publicity card. For full inscription in German see detail right. £20

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

above: detail of Franco Corelli autograph

Franco Corelli - 1921-2003, Italian tenor. Widely considered one of the greatest tenors of all time, he sang regularly at La Scala Milan from 1954 and made a sensational debut at ROH Covent Garden in 1957 as Cavaradossi, and a similarly remarkable debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1961 as Manrico, returning to perform 282 times in 18 different roles. He regularly sang at the Paris Opera and Vienna Staatsoper, and his roles included Chenier, Radames and Don Alviro; a vivid actor, his Don Jose and Calaf were particularly admired - 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15 cm) autographed photo, signed "1960 Franco Corelli". £150

 

 

 

 

 

   

Viorica Cortez - born 1936, Romanian, later French, mezzo-soprano. A considerable star, greatly in demand in the world's major opera houses in the 1970s, but who faced major obstacles from the Romanian authorities who denied her a passport. Nevertheless, in 1973 she sang Azucena at the Met, returning there for Amneris in 1979, and at Verona she was a huge hit singing Amneris to Franco Corelli's Radames in 1972. In 1975 she became a French citizen and, free to travel, her international career really took off. A good friend of soprano Montserrat Caballe, they frequently appeared together including in Norma, Maria Stuarda, Don Carlo and Il Trovatore. Although she was a fine actress, by the 1980s her voice was sadly in decline, although she was recently able to perform once again in her native Romania - 3.25 x 5.25 inches (8 x 13 cm) autographed photo. £35      

 

 

 

 

  

        

Carlo Cossutta - 1932-2000, Italian tenor with big, dark, dramatic voice; a famous Duke (Rigoletto), Don Carlos, Gabriele Adorno, Turiddu, Radames and Otello at ROH Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera and other major companies - autograph in gold ink on 6.5 x 3.5 inches (14 x 9 cm) white postcard, with small photo snipped from opera programme on left. £12   [ref: CC1]
   

   

   

 

 

  

  

 

                        

 

above: detail of Carlo Cossutta autograph

 

Carlo Cossutta - 1932-2000, Italian tenor with big, dark, dramatic voice; a famous Duke (Rigoletto), Don Carlos, Gabriele Adorno, Turiddu, Radames, Riccardo (Un Ballo in Maschera) and Otello at ROH Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera and other major companies - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo showing him as Don Carlos in Verdi's opera. £30   [ref: CC2]

 

 

 

 

 

 

                

 

above: detail of Carlo Cossutta autograph

Carlo Cossutta - 1932-2000, Italian tenor with big, dark, dramatic voice; a famous Duke (Rigoletto), Don Carlos, Gabriele Adorno (Simon Boccanegra), Turridu, Radames and Otello at ROH Covent Garden, The Metropolitan Opera and other major opera companies - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo showing himas Riccardo in Un Ballo in Maschera. £30   [ref: CC3]

 

 

 

 

   

Ileana Cotrubas - born 1939, Romanian soprano, a highly-regarded singing actress, famous for her Mimi, Tatyana, Violetta and Gilda at ROH Covent Garden, La Scala Milan, Chicago and the Metropolitan Opera New York. Amongst her many recordings, her Gilda under Giulini and Violetta with Carlos Kleiber are unbeatable - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo showing her as Gilda in Rigoletto, with a second signature on reverse. £30   [ref: IC1]     

 

 

 

 

  

 

Ileana Cotrubas - born 1939, Romanian soprano, a highly-regarded singing actress, famous for her Mimi, Tatyana, Violetta and Gilda at ROH Covent Garden, La Scala Milan, Chicago and the Metropolitan Opera New York. Amongst her many recordings, her Gilda under Giulini and Violetta with Carlos Kleiber are unbeatable - 7 x 9.5 inches (18 x 24 cm) large autographed photo. £35   [ref: IC2]    

    

 

 

   

  

    

Jean Cox - 1922-2012, American tenor. Treated with indifference in his native USA, he was a major performer in Europe, famous for singing Wagner roles; he made his Bayreuth debut in 1956 as the Steersman in The Flying Dutchman, and went on to sing leading roles there from 1967 to 1984, including Siegfried, Walther, Lohengrin, Tristan and Tannhauser - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo. £25   [ref: JC1]

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

Jean Cox - 1922-2012, American tenor. Treated with indifference in his native USA, he was a major performer in Europe, famous for singing Wagner roles; he made his Bayreuth debut in 1956 as the Steersman in The Flying Dutchman, and went on to sing leading roles there from 1967 to 1984, including Siegfried, Walther, Lohengrin, Tristan and Tannhauser - 4 x 6 inches (10.5 x 14.5 cm) autographed photo. £25   [ref: JC2]     

 

 

 

 

  

   

Charles Craig - 1919-1997, British tenor; a noted Radames, Cavaradossi and Otello with Carl Rosa Opera Company, ROH Covent Garden, Paris Opera Chicago Opera and more recently English National Opera where the roles of Cavarossi (Tosca) and Otello were his preserve in the 1980s - autograph in blue ink on 5 x 4 inches (13 x 10.5 cm) pink page from autograph book. Condition: sellotape mark on left side. £12    

   

 

   

  

  

     

Regine Crespin - 1927-2007, French soprano (Marschallin, Elsa, Tosca, Brunnhilde) later moving to mezzo roles (Carmen): one of the greatest of all French singers - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo, signed: "Best wishes, R Crespin". £25         

   

 

   

 

  

   

Valentina Cretoiu - 1909-2003, (she sometimes spelled her surname "Cretoi"), Romanian soprano, who sang extensively in Germany, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria and Poland, and was a particular favourite at the Vienna Staatsoper where she was a superb Madama Butterfly and Mim; later she became a noted teacher - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo signed: "Valentina Cretoi 1942", and stamped "Wien" on reverse. £35      

 

 

 

 

  

     

Jose Cura - born 1962, Argentinian dramatic tenor; in 1995 he made his Covent Garden debut in the title role of Verdi's Stiffelio, and in 1997 his debut at La Scala Milan as Enzo in La Gioconda. In 1997 he sang his first Otello in Turin, and that same year he made his verona Arena debut as Don Jose. In 1999 his Metropolitan Opera debut was on the opening night of the season as Turiddu. His repertoire also includes roles such as Cavaradossi, Alfredo (La Traviata), Dick Johnson, Manrico and Pinkerton - 5 x 7 inches (13 x 18 cm) autographed photo. £25    [ref: JC1]
        

   

  

 

  

  

 

                                               

 

above: detail of Jose Cura autograph

Jose Cura - born 1962, Argentinian dramatic tenor; in 1995 he made his Covent Garden debut in the title role of Verdi's Stiffelio, and in 1997 his debut at La Scala Milan as Enzo in La Gioconda. In 1997 he sang his first Otello in Turin, and that same year he made his Verona Arena debut as Don Jose. In 1999 his Metropolitan Opera debut was on the opening night of the season as Turiddu. His repertoire also includes roles such as Cavaradossi, Manrico and Pinkerton - 4 x 6 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed record company card. £20   [ref: JC2] 

 

 

 

 

    

Biserka Cvejic - born 1923, Serbian mezzo-soprano; she sang at all of the major opera houses including La Scala Milan, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the Vienna Staatsoper. She was a particular favourite at the Metropolitan Opera New York where she made her debut in 1961 as Amneris, and went on to sing Adriana Lecouvreur, Ulrica, Azucena, Eboli, and Dalila - 4 x 6 inches (10.5 x 15 cm) autographed photo showing her as Dalila. £25      

  

 

 

 

  

 

Oskar Czerwenka - 1924-2000, Austrian bass, who sang for Oper Graz, Vienna Staatsoper, Salzburg and Bregenz, and in 1958 he made his Metroplolitan Opera debut. His roles included Waldner in Arabella, Osmin, Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, but he was most famous as Baron Ochs in Der Rosenkavalier - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo showing him as Baron Ochs, signed "Hertzliebst, Oskar Czerwenka". £25     

 

 

  

      

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