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Adolf Dallapozza - born 1940, Austrian tenor who began his career with the Vienna Volksoper, where his roles included Ernesto in Don Pasquale and Tony in the German premiere of Bernstein's West Side Story in 1968. By the time he retire in 2008 he had sung over 1800 performances of 74 roles. He also regularly sang for the Vienna Staatsoper where his roles included Rodolfo in La Boheme and Lensky in Eugene Onegin - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo. £20     

 

 

 

 

  

         

Toti Dal Monte - 1893-1975, Italian soprano, a major star at La Scala Milan and the Met in the 1920s, as Gilda, Violetta, Lucia, Rosina and Butterfly: a fine singing actress with a very individual voice - autograph on 3.25 x 5.25 inches (8 x 13.5 cm) page from autograph book, dated 1936. Condition: slight creasing top left corner. £35    

   

  

  

 

  

 

Barbara Daniels - born 1946, American soprano who built her career in Europe, making her Covent Garden debut in 1978 as Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus. She eventually made her Met debut as Musetta, going on to sing the Marschalin, Puccini's Manon and Tosca, and the role for which she has become world-famous, Minnie in La Fanciulla del West - 5 x 3 inches (13 x 7.5 cm) autographed white card, signed: "For Snr. Guran, sincerely, Barbara Daniels". Condition: small dog-ear crease bottom-left corner. £12     

 

 

 

 

  

      

Ben Davies - 1858-1943, British (Welsh) tenor: star of opera, oratorio, musical comedy and the concert platform; he was in the original cast of Sir Arthur Sullivan's grand opera Ivanhoe - autograph on 3.25 x 2.75 inches (8 x 6.5 cm) paper, cut from letter or autograph book, signed: "Yours very truly, Ben Davies" plus an excellent (unsigned) postcard of him. £16   [ref: BD3]          

   

  

   

 

  

  

 

Ben Davies - 1858-1943, British (Welsh) tenor: star of opera, oratorio, musical comedy and the concert platform; he was in the original cast of Sir Arthur Sullivan's opera Ivanhoe - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed postcard, signed: "Yours very truly, Ben Davies".

 

Together with the above autographed postcard comes this 5 x 7 inches (13 x 18 cm) letter from Ben Davies to a fan , dated 1935, which was originally sent with this postcard. Condition: letter has creases where it was originally folded twice, and has minor paper fragments on reverse where item has been stuck in album. Postcard has slight wear at corners, Lovely pair of items. £40 for both.   [ref: BD4]

 

 

 

   

 

       

      

 

above: detail of Peter Dawson autograph

Peter Dawson - 1882-1961, Australian bass-baritone with long and notable international career, especially in song recitals; he made many recordings which sold world-wide, and was a huge star of radio in the 1930s and 40s - 6.25 x 4.5 inches (16 x 11 cm) autographed photo, with dedication: "To Miss M Davey with best wishes, yours sincerely, Peter Dawson, 28/12/31". Conditon: slight wear to top left corner. £50   [ref: PD1]

 

 

 

 

 

      

Peter Dawson - 1882-1961, Australian bass-baritone with long and notable international career, especially in song recitals; he made many recordings which sold world-wide, and was a huge star of radio in the 1930s and 40s - autograph in pencil on 3 x 2.5 inches (8 x 6.5 cm) small pink page from autograph book. £15   [ref: PD2]               

    

 

 

  

  

 

                  

 

above: detail of Mario Del Monaco autograph

Mario Del Monaco - 1915-1982, Italian tenor. His international career began in 1946 singing Radames in Aida at the Verona Arena, and then Cavaradossi, Pinkerton and Canio at Covent Garden in the same year. In 1950 he sang Radames and Andrea Chenier in San Francisco, and Puccini's Des Grieux at the Met, where he sang every year until 1959. His most famous role was Otello, which he sang around the world and recorded, along with many other roles. A major artist in his day, his voice was vast and beautiful, although he was sometimes criticised for his reluctance to sing quieter than forte. - 3.5 x 5 inches (8.5 x 12 cm) autographed photo. £65

 

 

 

 

 

Lisa Della Casa - 1919-2012, Swiss soprano who was best-known for her Richard Strauss roles. She sang Zdenka (Arabella) at Salzburg in 1947, returning the following year to sing the Countess (Capriccio). In 1953 she made her Covent Garden debut in the title role of Arabella, and in the same year made her Met debut as Mozart's Countess. She was much in demand throughout the world, and was much admired as Ariadne, Salome and the Marschallin, although in her younger days she was a fine Sophie and then Octavian - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed record-company publicity card. Nice younger autograph. £40      

 

 

 

 

  

 

Angela Denoke - born 1961, German soprano. She made her professional debut in 1992, singing roles at the Theatre Ulm, including Fiordilligi, Donna Anna, Alice Ford and Agathe. In 1997 she made her debut at the Vienna Staatsoper as the Marschallin, and in the same role made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2005. In 2006 she made her Covent Garden debut as The Woman (Erwartung), returning for a number of roles including Kundry. She regularly sings at all of the world's great opera houses, and her roles include Leonore (Fidelio), Katya Kabanova, Elizabeth/Venus (Tannhauser) and Marie (Wozzeck) - 5 x 7 inches (13 x 19 cm) autographed photo showing her as Lisa in The Queen of Spades at Stuttgart, signed in blue marker pen. £20      

 

 

 

 

              

                         

 

above: detail of Helge Dernesch autograph

Helge Dernesch - born 1939, Austrian soprano; she sang dramatic soprano roles such as Eva, Gertrude, Isolde, Ariadne, Brunnhilde and Freia at Bayreath, Scottish Opera, ROH Covent Garden and later Vienna and Chicago; she later added mezzo-soprano roles to her repertoire (including Herodias, Fricka and Mistress Quickly) - 6 x 4 inches (15 x 10 cm) autographed photo showing her in a scene from La Pique Dame. £18 

 

 

 

 

   

Daniela Dessi - born 1957, Italian soprano with large repertoire from Cimarosa to Puccini, particularly noted for her Desdemona (Otello) and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi) - 7 x 5 inches (18 x 13 cm) autographed photo with dedication in Italian, dates 1995.   SOLD      

   

  

  

 

  

   

               

above: detail of Cristina Deutekom autograph

Cristina Deutekom - 1931-2014, Dutch coluratura soprano. She made her professional debut for Netherlands Opera, singing the Queen of the Night in Der Zauberflöte, a role that she went on to sing all over the world after being heard by the soprano Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, who championed her career. She made her Metropolitan Opera debut as the Queen of the Night, and opened the 1974 season alongside Placido Domingo in I Vespri Siciliani. Her other roles included Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera, Verdi's Lady Macbeth, and Leonora in Il Trovatore. Her very individual voice can be heard on a number of recordings, but many considered her live performances far finer than her recordings - 4.75 x 7 inches (12 x 18 cm) autographed photo showing her in the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor at Verona. £35

 

 

 

 

  

 

                                      

 

above: detail of Justino Diaz autograph

Justino Diaz - born 1940, Puerto Rico-born American bass-baritone; he started his career with New England Opera Theater in 1961, and made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Monterone in 1963, returning to sing both bass and baritone roles. In 1976 he made his Covent Garden debut as Escamillo, returning in 1990 to sing Iago, a role which he also played in Zeffirelli's film of Otello  - 4.5 x 6 inches (11.5 x 15 cm) autographed photo, with dedication, signed: "To Bashir with all my best wishes, Justino Diaz". £20

 

 

 

 

 

    

William Dickie - died 1982, British baritone, brother of tenor Murray Dickie; sang Rossini's Figaro, Shaunard and Marullo at Cambridge Theatre and Sadlers Wells - 3.25 x 5.25 inches ( 8 x 13 cm) autographed photo. £22  

    

 

above: detail of William Dickie autograph

   

  

  

  

    

         

                                            

 

above: detail of Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender autograph

Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender - 1897-1978, German baritone; with Berlin Staatsoper he sang numerous German lyric baritone roles including Papageno, Mozart's Count and Don Giovanni, Rigoletto, di Luna, Escamillo, Silvio and Marcello. At Glyndebourne he was a notable Guglielmo and Figaro - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo, nicely signed in blue ink. £55   [ref: WD1]

 

  

 

 

 

Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender - 1897-1978, German baritone; he sang numerous lyric baritone roles with Berlin Staatsoper, including Papageno, Mozart's Count and Don Giovanni, Rigoletto, di Luna, Escamillo, Silvio and Marcello. At Glyndebourne he was a notable Guglielmo and Figaro - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo. Really nice item in excellent condition, £65   [ref: WD2]     

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

                        

above: detail of Placido Domingo autograph

Placido Domingo - born 1941, Spanish tenor: one of the most important singers of the 20th century. He was brought up in Mexico, singing zarzuela in his parents' theatre company, initially as a baritone, later moving to tenor roles. In 1965 he made his New York City Opera debut as Pinkerton, and in 1968 he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in Adriana Lecouvreur. He made his debut at La Scala in Ernani in 1969, and his Covent Garden debut as Cavaradossi in 1971. He has a large repertoire, and is widely regarded as the leading spinto tenor of the late 20th century, and one of the greatest tenors of all time. He has made a vast number of recordings. In later years he has been conducting rather than singing - 3.5 x 5 inches (9 x 13 cm) autographed photo. £30

 

 

 

 

    

Karl Dönch - 1915-1994, Austrian bass-baritone and director. He sang with the Vienna Staatsoper, where his many roles included Rossini's Dr Bartolo and Beckmesser. He regurly sang at the Salzburg Festival, and from 1973 was an opera director for Vienna Staatsoper - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo. £20     

 

 

 

 

  

 

          

above: detail of Edmund Donleavy autograph

Edmund Donleavy - British baritone. He was a member of Benjamin Britten's British Opera Group, who created the role of Junius in The Rape of Lucretia - 4 x 2.75 inches (9.75 x 7 cm) signed small page from an autograph book, signed in blue ink on 31/7/46 at Glyndebourne during the first performances of The Rape of Lucretia. A scarce item, desirable for those who collect autographs of singers who created opera roles. £20

 

 

 

 

        

Martine Dupuy - born 1952, French mezzo-soprano, particularly good in bel-canto trouser-roles such as Bellini's Romeo and Handel's Julius Caesar; she made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Handel's Sextus. At La Scala in 1992 she sang Malcolm in La Donna del Lago. Her repertoire also includes Armide, Charlotte, Nicklausse and Giulietta (Les contes d'Hoffmann), Rosina and Adalgisa - 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15 cm) autographed photo. £20     

 

 

 

 

  

 

           

 

above: detail of Silvana Dussmann autograph

Silvana Dussmann - born 1957, Austrian soprano. She sang at Graz Opera, Vienna Volksoper, Frankfurt, Hamburg and then the Vienna Staatsoper, and has regularly sung at the Salzburg Festival. At first she sang lyric roles, including Pamina, Konstanze, Michaela and Musetta, then moved to heavier roles such as Mozart's Countess, Donna Anna and Violetta, and has recently sung Norma, Seiglinde, Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera, Leonora in Il Trovatore and the title role in Ariadne auf Naxos - 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15cm) autographed photo, dated 2004. £20

 

 

 

 

   

                             

 

above: detail of Clara Ebers autograph

Clara Ebers - 1902-1997, German soprano. From 1928-1944 she sang with Frankfurt Opera, where at first her roles included Olympia, Susanna, Gilda, Despina and Zerbinetta, later singing heavier roles including Fiordiligi, Donna Anna, Violetta and Elizabeth (Don Carlos). In 1950 she sang Violetta at Covent Garden, and in 1963 the Marschallin with the Vienna State Opera - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo, firmly signed in blue biro. £20

 

 

 

 

    

                                            

 

above: detail of Anne Edwards autograph

Anne Edwards - 1939-1930, British (Welsh) soprano. In 1957 she sang small roles with Welsh National Opera in their season at Sadlers Wells Theatre, and then joined the Carl Rosa Opera Company, singing Mimi, Nedda, Marguerite, Donna Elvira and Mozart's Countess; in 1959 she moved to Sadlers Wells Opera, singing Mimi and the Countess. In 1962 she sang Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance and Josephine in HMS Pinafore for Tyrone Guthrie, in London and on tour, then in 1965 she joined the Royal Opera at Covent Garden, singing small roles including in Die Walküre and Elektra. Returning to Sadlers Wells Opera at the London Coliseum, she sang the four soprano roles in The Tales of Hoffmann, and increasingly made a speciality of the soprano roles in early Verdi operas including Attila, Nabucco and Oberto, singing them in stage and concert performances in London and Paris - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo, signed in green ink: "With best wishes, Anne Edwards". £20 

 

 

 

 

  

Trude Eipperle - 1908-1997, German soprano. She appeared in most of the major German and Austrian opera houses, particularly Nuremberg, Cologne and her native Stuttgart. She made guest appearances at the Vienna Staatsoper, Covent Garden, Paris Opera and La Scala Milan; her roles included Elsa, Arabella, The Empress, The Marschallin, Desdemona, Mimi and Butterfly - 4 x 6 inches (10.5 x 15 cm) autographed photo, nicely signed in blue ink. £35     

 

 

 

 

  

              

Brent Ellis - born 1944, American baritone; particularly noted for his fine acting. Early on he sang lyric roles such as Marcello and Don Giovanni, more recently specialising in Verdi roles such as Ford, Rigoletto, Macbeth, Amonasro and Germont Pere. He has performed at the Metropolitan Opera, ROH Covent Garden, Glyndebourne, Paris Opera and Chicago Opera among others - 4 x 6 inches (10.5 x 15 cm) autographed photo. £18   

   

 

above: detail of Brent Ellis autograph

   

   

  

  

    

 

Pablo Elvira - 1937-2000, Puerto Rican baritone: initially a gifted young pianist and violinist, he became a professional trumpeter after breaking his left arm three times, but then a singer after he met Spanish cellist and conductor Pablo Casals. In 1974 he made his New York City Opera debut as Germont, and his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1978 as Tonio; he sang over 100 performances there over 12 years, making his final appearance there as Rossini's Figaro, his signature role, in 1989  - 5 x 3 inches (12.5 x 7.5 cm)  autographed white card. £15     

 

 

 

 

  

       

                                             

 

above: detail of Hermin Esser autograph

Hermin Esser - 1928-2009, German tenor who performed in Berlin, Wiesbaden, Lyons, Chicago and Zurich, singing Tamino, Radames, Rodolpho, Bachuus among many other roles. At Bayreuth in the 1960s and 70s he was a noted David then Walther in Die Meistersinger, Erik in The Flying Dutchman, Siegmund, Loge, and finally in 1981, Tristan - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo. £30

 

 

 

   

 

               

Simon Estes - born 1938, American bass-baritone; an outstanding Wotan, Porgy and Dutchman. His glorious resonant voice made him an outstanding soloist in oratorios, particularly in the Verdi Requiem - autograph on 6 x 3.5 inches (15 x 9 cm) white page from autograph book, signed in 1986 after a performance of Der Fliegende Hollander at ROH Covent Garden. £10   [ref: SE1]              

   

  

 

   

   

  

  

 

 

above: detail of Simon Estes autograph

Simon Estes - born 1938, American bass-baritone, an outstanding Wotan, Porgy and Dutchman. His glorious resonant voice made him an outstanding soloist in oratorios, particularly in the Verdi Requiem - 7 x 5 inches (18 x 12.5 cm) autographed record company publicity photo, signed in firm blue biro, nicer than appears on the scans. £18

 

  

 

 

 

    

Geraint Evans - 1922-1992, British (Welsh) baritone; famous as Beckmesser, Dulcamara, Leporello, Falstaff and Wozzeck; the first post-WW2 British singer to become a major international star, singing Mozart's Figaro at La Scala Milan in 1960, and Falstaff at the Met in 1964. He was knighted in 1969 - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo, signed: "Sincerely, Geraint Evans". £30         

   

  

  

  

  

 

                                  

 

above: detail of Ivor Evans autograph

Ivor Evans - 1912-1993 British (Welsh) baritone. He sang with Sadlers Wells Opera 1945-47, where his roles included Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana, Rossini's Figaro, and Valentin in Faust. In 1948 he played the role of Edvard Greig in the operetta Song of Norway at the Palace Theatre, London. In 1952 he joined the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, playing the Usher in Trial by Jury, the Earl of Mountararat in Iolanthe, Old Adam and Sir Roderic in Ruddigore, The Lieutenant and Sergeant Meryll in The Yeomen of the Guard, Dick Deadeye in HMS Pinafore, and the title role in The Mikado. He possessed a magnificent voice, and later in his career sang baritone and bass solos in oratorios  - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo, signed: "Yours sincerely Ivor Evans".   SOLD

 

 

 

 

         

Robert Evett - 1874-1949, British tenor, actor and theatre-manager. He joined the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in the 1890s, playing Vazquez (The Chieftain), Box (Cox and Box), Hilarion (Princess Ida), Earnest Dumkopf (The Grand Duke), Alexis (The Sorcerer), Frederic (The Pirates of Penzance) and created the role of Yussuff in The Rose of Persia, later performing musical comedy, and managing Daly's Theatre then the Gaiety Theatre after the death of George Edwardes, saving the Edwardes' estate by his financial acumen - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed postcard showing him as Lieut. Niki in A Waltz Dream, postally-used with Edward VII stamp. Condition: creases to both bottom corners. £20     

  

  

  

 

  

 

                             

 

above: detail of Darrell Fancourt autograph

Darrell Fancourt - 1886-1953, British bass-baritone. He joined the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in 1920, and sang more than 10,000 performances with them before his death, just 33 days after his final performance. He was a fine actor with a glorious voice, and his many roles included Sir Roderick in Ruddigore, Dick Deadeye in HMS Pinafore, Sergeant Meryll in The Yeomen of the Guard, Mountararat in Iolanthe, The Pirate King, The Usher in Trial by Jury, Colonel Calverley in Patience, Arac in Princess Ida and the title role in The Mikado - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed Parkslee postcard showing him as Arac in Princess Ida, signed: "Best wishes, Darrell Fancourt". £30  [ref: DF1]

 

 

 

 

 

                              

 

above: detail of Darrell Fancourt autograph

Darrell Fancourt - 1886-1953, British bass-baritone. He joined the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in 1920, and sang more than 10,000 performances with them before his death, just 33 days after his final performance. He was a fine actor with a glorious voice, and his many roles included Sir Roderick in Ruddigore, Dick Deadeye in HMS Pinafore, Sergeant Meryll in The Yeomen of the Guard, Mountararat in Iolanthe, The Pirate King, The Usher in Trial by Jury, Colonel Calverley in Patience, Arac in Princess Ida and the title role in The Mikado - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed Parkslee postcard showing him as the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance, signed: "Yours sincerely, Darrell Fancourt". £30  [ref: DF2]

 

 

 

 

  

                                    

 

above: detail of Darrell Fancourt autograph

Darrell Fancourt - 1886-1953, British bass-baritone. He joined the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in 1920, and sang more than 10,000 performances with them before his death, just 33 days after his final performance. He was a fine actor with a glorious voice, and his many roles included Sir Roderick in Ruddigore, Dick Deadeye in HMS Pinafore, Sergeant Meryll in The Yeomen of the Guard, Mountararat in Iolanthe, The Pirate King, The Usher in Trial by Jury, Colonel Calverley in Patience, Arac in Princess Ida and the title role in The Mikado - 5.5 x 3.5 inches (14 x 9 cm) autographed Parkslee postcard showing him in the title role in The Mikado, signed: "Yours sincerely, Darrell Fancourt 19.1.'22". £30  [ref: DF3]

 

 

 

 

 

                            

 

above: detail of Darrell Fancourt autograph

Darrell Fancourt - 1886-1953, British bass-baritone. He joined the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in 1920, and sang more than 10,000 performances with them before his death, just 33 days after his final performance. He was a fine actor with a glorious voice, and his many roles included Sir Roderick in Ruddigore, Dick Deadeye in HMS Pinafore, Sergeant Meryll in The Yeomen of the Guard, Mountararat in Iolanthe, The Pirate King, The Usher in Trial by Jury, Colonel Calverley in Patience, Arac in Princess Ida and the title role in The Mikado - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed Parkslee postcard showing him as Sir Roderick in Ruddigore, signed "Yours sincerely, Darrell Fancourt". £30  [ref: DF4]

 

 

 

 

 

Darrell Fancourt - 1886-1953, British bass-baritone. He joined the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in 1920, and sang more than 10,000 performances with them before his death, just 33 days after his final performance. He was a fine actor with a glorious voice, and his many roles included Sir Roderick in Ruddigore, Dick Deadeye in HMS Pinafore, Sergeant Meryll in The Yeomen of the Guard, Mountararat in Iolanthe, The Pirate King, The Usher in Trial by Jury, Colonel Calverley in Patience, Arac in Princess Ida and the title role in The Mikado - autograph on white paper pasted onto 4 x 2 inches (11 x 6 cm) blue card, signed "Best wishes, Darrell Fancourt". £10  [ref: DF5]  

 

 

 

 

  

         

Carole Farley - American soprano - 4.75 x 6 inches (11 x 15 cm) record company card, autographed on front, with second autograph on reverse. £12  

    

 

above: detail of Carole Farley autograph

 

   

  

 

  

    

    

   

Fritz Feinhals - 1869-1940, German bass-baritone; he studied in Italy before making his professional debut in 1895 at Essen as Silvio; he then intermittently performed in Munich for several decades, whilst playing roles in nearly all of the world's major opera houses. In 1898 he made his Covent Garden debut as Telramund, and sang at the Metropolitan Opera New York 1908-09 as Hans Sachs, Wotan, Don Giovanni, Amonasro and William Tell. In later life he lived in Munich and was a noted singing teacher -  autograph and musical phrase (from Wagner's Lohengrin) in black ink on 4.5 x 5.75 inches (11 x 14.5 cm) gatefold visiting card, so item has a horizontal crease where it folds. Dated "10 Juli '98". Condition: two glue-patches on reverse where item has been stuck into an album. £25     

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

                                       

 

above: detail of Gerd Feldhoff autograph

 

Gerd Feldhoff - German baritone, performing from the 1950s to 1990s; at Frankfurt Oper, Deutche Oper Berlin and Vienna Staatsoper his repertoire included (Mozart's) Figaro, Don Alfonso, Don Pizzarro, Falstaff, Barak and Johanaan. At the Salzberg Festival he sang Strauss's Harlequin, and he was a regular at Bayreuth singing Kurtwenal, Kothner and Amfortas - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo. £18

 

 

 

 

 

        

 

above: detail of Linda Finnie autograph

Linda Finnie - born 1952, British (Scottish) mezzo-soprano; she made her debut with Scottish Opera in 1976, where her roles included Praskovia in The Merry Widow. She has sung many times for English National Opera, particularly Verdi roles including Eboli in David Pountney's production of Don Carlos. Regular appearances at Bayreuth included Fricka, Siegrune and the Second Norn. She has made numerous recordings, most notably solos in Mendelsohn's Elijah, Mahler's 8th Symphony, Beethoven's 9th Symphony, and Elgar's Sea Pictures - 6 x 4 inches (15 x 10 cm) autographed photo, signed in very firm blue biro. £18

 

 

 

 

       

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau - 1925 - 2012, German baritone; one of the most important singers of his generation, and possibly the most-recorded classical singer of all time. His lieder repertoire was vast, and he recorded virtually every German song in the baritone repertoire, particularly Schubert and Schumann, plus a huge number of operas and oratorios. As well as appearances at all of the major concert halls in the world, his operatic repertoire was huge, and in 1965 he made his Covent Garden debut as Mandryka in Arabella to huge acclaim. He sang all of the Strauss and Mozart baritone roles, as well as Verdi roles including Falstaff and Rigoletto - 6 x 4 inches (15 x 10.5 cm) autographed photo. £30   [ref: DF1]      

 

 

 

 

  

 

                        

 

above: detail of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau autograph

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau - 1925-2012, German baritone; one of the most important singers of his generation, and possibly the most recorded classical singer of all time. His lieder repertoire was vast, and he recorded virtually every German song in the baritone repertoire, particularly Schubert and Schumann, plus a huge number of operas of oratorios. As well as appearances in all of the world's major concert halls, his operatic repertoire was huge, making his Covent Garden debut in 1965 as Mandryka in Arabella to huge acclaim. He sang all of the Strauss and Mozart baritone roles, as well as Verdi roles including Falstaff and Rigoletto - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed Decca photo, signed in firm blue biro. Desirable younger photo and autograph. £60   [ref: DF2]

 

 

 

 

          

                                   

 

above: detail of Alain Fondary autograph

Alain Fondary - born 1932, French baritone; with a big, dark-timbred high baritone voice, he was well-suited to the Verdi and Verismo roles in which he specialised. He sang with all of the major French opera companies as well as at La Scala Milan, La Fenice, San Francisco Opera and Chicago Lyric Opera. At Covent Garden he was a superb Jack Rance in La Fanciulla del West, and he was a favourite at the Metropolitan Opera House where his frequent guest appearances included Alfio, Rigoletto, and the baritone roles in Samson et Dalilah and La Gioconda. His other notable roles included Posa, Scarpia and Macbeth - 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15 cm) autographed photo, nicely signed in black marker-pen. £20

 

 

 

 

 

                     

Bruce Ford - born 1956, American lyric tenor singing at all of the major opera houses, particularly in Barber of Seville, Lucia di Lammermoor and La Donna del Lago, and who has made numerous recordings - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo. £25    

   

  

 

  

  

   

Agnes Fraser - 1878-1968, British soprano with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, initially in the chorus she went on to play Yum-Yum in The Mikado, Kathleen then Lady Rose in Sullivan's opera The Emerald Isle, and Kenna in A Princess of Kensington - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed postcard, signed by her: "Yours sincerely, Agnes Fraser". £15       

  

 

 

 

  

 

Gottlob Frick - 1906-1994, German bass with a huge dark-timbred voice used with great intelligence; for German opera companies he sang many roles including Daland, Gremin and Rocco, especially at Stuttgart Opera. He made his debut at ROH Covent Garden in 1951 as Hunding, and returned almost every year for the next two decades. He was a regular at Bayreuth, Salzburg and at the Met, specialising in Wagner roles - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) Fayer photo, nicely signed in blue ink. £35   

   

 

above: detail of Gottlob Frick autograph

  

 

 

 

    

 

             

 

above: detail of John Fryatt autograph

John Fryatt - 1927-2011, British tenor. In 1952 he joined the chorus of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, soon singing principal roles in Gilbert and Sullivan comic operas, including Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance, Ralph in HMS Pinafore, Leonard Meryll in The Yeomen of the Guard, Francesco in The Gondoliers, Nanki-Poo in The Mikado and Hilarion in Princess Ida. In 1959 he joined Sadlers Wells Opera singing leading roles in operetta,  including the title role in Orpheus in the Underworld, and character roles in opera including Monastatos in The Magic Flute. In later years at English National Opera and Glyndebourne he sang Mozart's Basilio, Triquet in Eugene Onegin and the Emperor in Turandot, and returned to Gilbert and Sullivan, singing Box and Grosvenor in TV films, and the Duke of Plaza-Toro in The Gondoliers at Sadlers Wells - autograph in dark blue ink on 3.5 x 2 inches (8.5 x 5 cm) card, attached to 4x 6 inches (10 x 15 cm) white card, also bearing photo of John Fryatt as Hilarion, taken from magazine/opera programme. £15

   

 

 

 

   

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