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above: detail of Ann MacKay autograph

Ann MacKay - born 1956, British soprano; a former pupil of Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, she is noted as a recitalist, and is particularly admired in Handel works such as Berenice, Coronation Anthems and Dixit Dominus - 8 x 10 inches (20 x 25 cm) large autographed photo, signed: "With all good wishes, Ann MacKay". £18

 

 

 

 

        

Cornell MacNeil - 1922-2011, American baritone who sang 26 different roles at the Metropolitan Opera New York over 28 years; a notable Rigoletto, Iago and Scarpia - autograph on 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) white postcard, with small picture from programme or magazine attached. £15   [ref: CM1]
       

   

  

 

 

  

 

 

 

above: detail of Cornell MacNeil autograph

Cornell MacNeil - 1922-2011, American baritone who sang 26 different roles at the Metropolitan Opera, making his debut there in 1959 as Rigoletto, and in the same year his La Scala debut in Ernani . In 1964 he made his Covent Garden debut as Macbeth. His Verdi roles were particularly admired, especially di Luna, and he played Germont in Zeffirelli's film version of La Traviata; other roles, many of which he recorded, included Amonasro, Boccanegra, Iago, Nabucco, Gerard and the Dutchman - 8 x 10 inches (20.5 x 25.5 cm) large autographed photo, showing him as Tonio in Pagliacci, signed in blue biro. Condition: minor surface-creasing at top of photo. £40   [ref: CM2]

 

 

 

 

 

               

 

above: detail of Cornell MacNeil autograph

Cornell MacNeil - 1922-2011, American baritone. He sang 26 different roles at the Metropolitan Opera, making his debut there in 1959 as Rigoletto, and in the same year first appeared at La Scala in Ernani. In 1964 he made his Covent Garden debut as Macbeth. His Verdi roles were much admired, especially di Luna, and he played Germont in Zeffirelli's film version of La Traviata. Other roles, many of which he recorded, included Amonasro, Boccanegra, Iago, Nabucco, Gerard and the Dutchman - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo. £30   [ref: CM3]

 

 

 

 

       

Emily Magee - born 1968, American soprano; she made her professional debut as Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte for Lyric Opera of Chicago, but then has mostly built her career in Europe, making her Bayreuth debut in 1997 as Eva, returning for Freia or Eva in subsequent years. In 2014 she made her Metropolitan Opera debut as the Foreign Princess in Rusalka, and her Covent Garden debut in Die Frau Ohne Schatten. Her roles also include Tosca, Ellen Orford, Tosca, Desdemona and Mozart's Countess, and she has already recorded a number of these - 4 x 6 inches (10.5 x 15 cm) autographed photo, signed: "Emily Magee, Bayreuth 2001 "Eva"" in silver marker-pen. £16     

 

 

 

 

  

 

                   

 

above: detail of Ira Malaniuk autograph

Ira Malaniuk - 1919-2009, Austrian contralto of Ukrainian descent. She made her debut in Graz in 1945, and in 1952 sang with the Munich Staatsoper and the Vienna Staatsoper, where her roles included Gluck's Orfeo, Verdi's Lady Macbeth and Judith in Bluebeards Castle. She was particularly noted for her Wagner roles, singing in the Ring Cycle at La Scala under Fürtwängler. She frequently sang at Covent Garden, the Paris Opera, Salzburg and Bayreuth, and her many roles included Magdalene, Brängäne, Waltraute, Azucena, Amneris and Dorabella - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo, signed in black biro. Condition: slight wear to top corners. £25

 

 

 

 

           

Catherine Malfitano - born 1948, American soprano, noted for her Puccini roles and in particular her live TV broadcast of Tosca from Rome with Placido Domingo - 3.5 x 5.25 inches (9 x 13.5 cm) autographed photo, mounted on white card. £15  

    

 

above: detail of Catherine Malfitano autograph

   

  

  

 

    

 

         

 

above: detail of Josej von Manowarda autograph

Josef von Manowarda - 1890-1942, Austrian bass. He started singing at the Vienna Volksoper, later singing for the Vienna Staatsoper and at the Salzberg Festival. From 1935 until his death he was a well-known singing professor. He made a large number of recordings, particularly of German lieder - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo. An inscription in his handwriting on the reverse includes: "Berlin, September 1940". £30

 

 

 

 

    

Matteo Manuguerra - 1925-1998, Tunisian-born French-Italian baritone; initially a tenor, in 1962 he became a house baritone for Lyon Opera, then sang for Paris Opera, before making a career in the USA, making his Metropolitan Opera debut as Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor in 1971, and regularly singing roles there for the next two decades including Renato, Rigoletto, Macbeth, Germont Pere, and Don Carlo (Forza del Destino) - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed Met publicity photo, signed in black marker-pen. £25      

 

 

 

  

      

 

Janice Martin - born 1939, American mezzo-soprano, later soprano. She sang 147 performances at the Metropolitan Opera, most notably as Kundry, Senta, Marie (Wozzeck) and Tosca. She sang Marie at the ROH Covent Garden, and Brunnhilde at the Vienna Staatsoper. At Bayreuth she sang Eva, Fricka, Sieglinde, Brunnhilde and Kundry - 4 x 5.75 inches (10 x 14.5 cm) autographed photo showing her as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier. £25

 

[N.B. She is not to be confused with American rockabilly and country singer of the same name]

     

 

 

 

 

  

 

               

 

above: detail of Carla Martinis autograph

Carla Martinis - 1922-2010, Croation soprano. She made her professional debut in 1942 singing Mimi at Zagreb Opera House. She won the Geneva International Singing Competition in 1949, and for the next five years sang at New York City Opera, and then at many major opera houses including Vienna, Berlin, La Scala Milan, Berlin Naples and San Francisco. She was particularly famous for her Verdi interpretations including Emilia, both Leonoras, Elizabetta, Aida, and her most famous role, Desdemona, which she recorded under Furtwängler opposite Ramon Vinay in 1951. She retired in the 1960s when still ast the height of her powers - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo showing her as Desdemona, dated 15/vii/1995. £20

 

 

 

 

         

   

 

above: detail of Nicola Martinucci autograph

Nicola Martinucci - born 1941, Italian tenor: a fine Manrico and Calaf, and later a noted Radames , Canio and Otello - 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15 cm) autographed photo, with dedication: "A Ettore, Martunucci". £16   

  

  

  

 

  

  

Enzo Mascherini - 1910-1981, Italian baritone; a fine singer and actor whose repertoire of Donizetti, Verdi, Puccini and verismo roles took him to most of the world's major opera houses after WW2, including La Scala and The Met. New York. He performed opposite Callas, Tebaldi, Barbieri and Simionato amongst others - 4.5 x 7 inches (11.5 x 18 cm) autographed photo showing him as Di Luna in Il Trovatore. One of the nicest signed photos of him that I have ever seen. £65      

  

 

 

 

  

  

          

 

above: detail of Robart Massard autograph

Robert Massard - born 1925, French baritone with a wide repertoire, but especially admired for roles in French operas, in particular those by Bizet, Gounod, Massenet, Gluck and Berlioz - 4.74 x 7 inches (12 x 18 cm) autographed photo showing him in Benvenuto Cellini, with dedication: "En toute amitie pour Hector, Robert Massard". £35

 

 

 

 

  

     

 

above: detail of Fritzi Massary autograph

Fritzi Massary - 1882-1969, Austrian (later American) soprano and actress; she was a huge star of operetta in Berlin and Austria in the first two decades of the 20th century, particularly known for her Adele in Die Fledermaus and the title role in The Merry Widow. She created six roles in Oscar Strauss operettas, singing Die Per en der Cleoptra opposite Richard Tauber, and leading roles in Die Teresina and Die Konegin. Despite converting to Christianity as a teenager, in 1932 her Jewish heritage forced her to flee Germany and then Austria, moving to London where she sang for Noel Coward, and then to the USA, which she made her home - 2.5 x 3.5 inches (6.5 x 8.5 cm) small autographed photo, nicely signed in red ink. £35

 

 

 

 

      

Valerie Masterson - born 1937, British soprano who joined the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in 1966, and sang most of the principal Gilbert and Sullivan soprano roles; some consider her to have had the finest voice ever to appear with the company. She joined Sadlers Wells Opera Company (later English National Opera) where her roles included Violetta, Oscar, Manon, Gilda, Mimi, Sophie, the Marschallin and Mozart's Countess; she regularly appeared at Covent Garden in the same repertoire - autograph on 3.75 x 4.25 inches (9.5 x 11 cm) pale-blue page from autograph book, signed : "Best wishes, Valerie Masterson" in blue biro, darker and firmer than appears on scan. £12   [ref: VM1]
     

 

 

 

 

  

 

                  

 

above: detail of Valerie Masterson autograph

Valerie Masterson - born 1937, British soprano who joined the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in 1966, and sang most of the principal Gilbert and Sullivan soprano roles; some consider her to have had the finest voice ever to appear with the company. She joined Sadlers Wells Opera Company (later English National Opera) where her roles included Violetta, Oscar, Manon, Gilda, Mimi, Sophie, the Marschallin and Mozart's Countess; she regularly appeared at Covent Garden in the same repertoire - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo: "Best wishes, Valerie Masterson". Condition: remains of black photo-corners on reverse, where item was once mounted in album. £20   [ref: VM2]

 

 

 

 

 

                

 

above: detail of Valerie Masterson autograph

Valerie Masterson - born 1937, British soprano who joined the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in 1966, and sang most of the principal Gilbert and Sullivan soprano roles; some consider her to have had the finest voice ever to appear with the company. She joined Sadlers Wells Opera Company (later English National Opera) where her roles included Violetta, Oscar, Manon, Gilda, Mimi, Sophie, the Marschallin and Mozart's Countess; she regularly appeared at Covent Garden in the same repertoire - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo, signed : "With sincere best wishes, Valerie Masterson". Scarcer early photo and autograph. £30   [ref: VM3]

 

 

 

 

  

Edith Mathis - born 1938, Swiss soprano, best known for her Mozart roles. She sang with Cologne Opera from 1959, and regularly appeared at Hamburg, Glyndebourne and Slazburg, and later at the Met, Covent Garden and Vienna. Her roles included Despina, Pamina, Zerlina, Suzanna, Cherubino and the Marschallin - autograph on 5.5 x 3.5 inches (14 x 9 cm) white postcard, with photo from mazagine snipped out and roughly glued to left of card; with message in German, and clearly signed in balck pen. £10     

 

 

 

 

  

   

                              

 

above: detail of Arnold Matters autograph

Arnold Matters - 1904-1990, Australian baritone; from 1932-1939 he sang with Sadlers Wells Opera, his large repertoire including roles such as Valentin, Falstaff, Don Giovanni, Hans Sachs, Wotan. After the war he rejoined the company, notably singing the title role in the first performance in England of Verdi's Simon Boccanegra  - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo. £40   [ref: AM1]

 

 

 

 

   

Arnold Matters - 1904-1990, Australian baritone, and Stanley Clarkson - Australian bass, both of whom sang for Sadlers Wells Opera in the 1930s, 40s and 50s - both autographs in blue fountain-pen on 3.25 x 5.5 inches (8 x 14 cm) page from autograph book, dating from c. 1948. £20   [ref: AM2]      

 

 

 

 

  

           

Richard Mayr - 1877-1935, Austrian bass: a protege of Gustav Mahler, he was a versatile singer with a large operatic repertoire including Wotan, Figaro, Leporello, Sarastro, Gurnemanz, Pogner and Silva. He was Richard Strauss' favourite bass singing Ochs (Der Rosenkavalier), Waldner (Arabella) and Barak (Die Frau ohne Schatten) -  3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed postcard showing him in Barbiere von Bagdad. [Item has been postally-used with postage-stamp on reverse). £60

    

above: detail of Richard Mayr autograph

   

  

  

 

    

        

Daniela Mazzucato - Italian soprano, best-known for Mozart and Donizetti, especially Susannah and Despina, singing at La Scala Milan, Glyndebourne and many other major opera houses - 5 x 7 inches (13 x 18 cm) autographed photo. £20       

   

 

   

 

   

  

       

James McCracken - 1926-1988, American tenor, performing with huge success in Europe (Otello, Manrico, Canio) before finally gaining recognition in the USA when he sang Otello at the Metropolitan Opera - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9  x 14 cm) autographed photo showing him as Manrico in Il Trovatore. £30
   

   

   

  

   

  

 

Barry McDaniel - born 1930, American baritone who spent most of his career singing in Germany. He sang for many years for the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where his roles included Malatesta, Sharpless, Dandini, Rossini's Figaro, Wolfram and Papageno. He had a remarkable voice with a wide range and superb technique, and his Pelleas for the Metropolitan Opera New York was regarded as the finest ever heard in that opera house. He had a wide repertoire of song and lieder, and made many recordings - 4 x 6 inches (10.5 x 15 cm) autographed photo. £30     

 

 

 

 

  

   

                  

 

above: detail of Donald McIntyre autograph 

Donald McIntyre - born 1936, New Zealand-born British baritone; at Sadlers Wells 1960-67 he sang over 30 roles including Mozart's Figaro and the Dutchman, then made his Covent Garden debutin 1967 as Pizarro. A regular at Bayreuth, he sang Telramund, the Dutchman, Amfortas and was Wotan in the famous 1976 centenery Ring under Boulez. He has performed at The Met and the Vienna Staatsoper, and was knighted in1992 - 4 x 5 inches (10 x 14.5 cm) autographed photo showing him as Telramund at Bayreuth in 1967. £40

 

 

 

 

        

Sylvia McNair - born 1956, American soprano, noted for her Mozart roles at the Metropolitan Opera, ROH Covent Garden and Vienna, and in the last 15 years has widened her repertoire to include musicals and jazz - 3.75 x 5.5 inches (9.5 x 14 cm) autographed photo showing her in Mozart's Idomeneo, Glyndebourne 1991. £20   [ref: SM1]  

    

 

above: detail of Sylvia McNair autograph

    

   

 

  

    

   

Sylvia McNair - born 1956, American soprano, noted for her Mozart roles at the Metropolitan Opera, ROH Covent Garden and Vienna, and in the last 15 years has widened her repertoire to include musicals and jazz - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo, with dedication: "To Robin with best wishes, Sylvia McNair". £15   [ref: SM2]    

   

 

above: detail of Sylvia McNair autograph

   

   

 

    

    

 

Stina-Britta Melander - 1924-2010, Swedish soprano who began her career in the late 1940s singing operetta roles at the Grand Theatre Gothenburg. She was heard by Gigli who invited her to Rome to sing with him, and she replaced Callas a number of times; in the 1960s she sang internationally, basing herself at Hamburg Staatsoper. Her operatic roles included Gilda, Violetta and Butterfly - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14cm) autographed photo dating from 1960. £25      

 

 

 

 

  

 

Helmut Melchert - 1910-1991, German tenor who he sang with great intelligence, specialising in modern and character roles, including Herod, Loge, and Oedipus in Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex, a role which he famously sang at the Edinburgh Festival in 1956. He sang tenor soloist roles in oratorios, notably in Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo, signed in blue ink. £20    

 

 

 

 

  

 

  

 

above: detail of Maureen Melvin autograph

Maureen Melvin - British soprano. She joined the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in 1954 as a chorister, but was soon performing principal roles, including Phyllis in Iolanthe, Yum-Yum in The Mikado, Kate in The Yeomen of the Guard, Rose Maybud in Ruddigore and Casilda in The Gondoliers. After retiring from singing she wrote a series of light-hearted books, written from the viewpoint of a dog  - autograph in blue biro on 3.25 x 1 inches (8.5 x 2.5 cm) pale blue card, mounted on 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15 cm) white card, which also includes a photo of Maureen Melvin as Yum-Yum. £12

 

 

 

 

    

        

 

above: detail of Susanne Mentzer autograph

 

Susanne Mentzer - born 1957, American mezzo-soprano who made a name for herself in 1983 in Cologne as Cherubino, making her Covent Garden debut in1985 as Rossini's Rosina, and her Met debut in 1989 as Cherubino. She is particularly noted for her Octavian, but her repertoire also includes Zerlina, Dorabella, Adalgisa, Melisande and Nicklausse - 5 x 7 inches (13 x 18 cm) autographed photo, nicely signed in firm black ball-pen. £20

 

 

 

 

           

Giorgio Merighi - born 1939, Italian tenor - autograph on 6 x 3.5 inches (15 x 9 cm) white page from autograph book, signed: "London 18.1.86, Giorgio Merighi", signed after performance as Gabriel Adorno in Simon Boccanegra at ROH Covent Garden. £8    

   

  

  

   

  

 

 

 

 

above: detail of Robart Merrill autograph

Robert Merrill - 1917-2014, American baritone who made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1945 as Germont in La Traviata, and in 1973 sang his 500th performance for them. He sang all of the major Italian and French baritone roles, and was at his finest in Verdi. He made his Covent Garden debut in 1967 as Germont, and his magnificent voice can be heard on a huge number of recordings; his rendition of the Pearl Fishers Duet with Jussi Björling must rank among the most famous opera recordings ever  - 8 x 10 inches (20.5 x 25 cm) large autographed photo showing him as Rigoletto, signed: "To Alfredo Morelli, very sincerely yours, Robert Merrill". £40   [ref: RM1]

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

above: detail of Robert Merrill autograph

Robert Merrill - 1917-1914, American baritone who made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1945 as Germont in La Traviata, and in 1973 sang his 500th performance there. He sang all of the major Italian and French baritone roles, and was perhaps at his finest in Verdi. He made his Covent Garden debut in 1967 as Germont, and his magnificent voice can be heard on a huge number of recordings; his rendition of the Pearl Fishers Duet with Jussi Björling must rank among the most famous opera recordings ever - 8 x 10 inches (20.5 x 25 cm) large autographed photo showing him as Escamillo at the Metropolitan Opera House. Condition: remarkably good for its age, but there is a hint of very slight surface-creasing top right and bottom left. £55   [ref: RM2] 

  

  

  

   

    

Jutta Meyfarth - born 1927, German soprano, whose large and rich voice was particularly well suited to Wagner.She joined Frankfurt Opera in 1959, singing with them until the end of her career. In 1961 she sang Elsa in Lohengrin in Florence, and from 1962 she regularly sang at Bayreuth, where her roles included Freia, Sieglinde and Gutrude. She was a regular guest at Bolgna, Rome, Lisbon, Graz and Buenos Aires, and sang Chysothemis at Covent Garden; her extensive repertoire also included the roles of Aida, Isolde and Donna Anna - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo, with inscription in German; signed in blue ink, rather clearer than shows up on scan. £25     

 

 

 

 

  

    

                                      

 

above: detail of Walter Midgley autograph

Walter Midgley - 1913-1980, British tenor. He began his singing career in the chorus of the Carl Rosa Opera Company, soon singing small parts and then principal roles, soon also singing with Sadlers Wells Opera Company, where his roles included Rodolfo; in 1951 he made his debut at Covent Garden as Calaf in Turandot, going on to sing Des Grieux in Manon, Nemorino, and the Duke of Mantua amongst other roles. He was also popular on the radio as a singer and presenter, and made a BBC Radio 2 radio broadcast on the day of his death - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo, nicely signed in blue ink. Condition: light surface-crease bottom-left. SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

                    

 

above: detail of Walter Midgley autograph

Walter Midgley - 1913-1980, British tenor. He began his singing career in the chorus of the Carl Rosa Opera Company, soon singing small parts and then principal roles, soon also singing with Sadlers Wells Opera Company, where his roles included Rodolfo; in 1951 he made his debut at Covent Garden as Calaf in Turandot, going on to sing Des Grieux in Manon, Nemorino, and the Duke of Mantua, amongst other roles. He was also popular on the radio as a singer and presenter, and made a BBC Radio 2 radio broadcast on the day of his death - 4.75 x 3.5 inches (12 x 8.5 cm) autographed photo, with a personal dedication, signed in ink: "To Lilian Rawlins, sincerely, Walter Midgley". Condition: light surface-crease bottom-left. £18   [ref: WM2]

  

 

 

 

 

Olivera Miljakovic - born 1939, Serbian soprano, famous for Mozart roles (including Despina, Susanna, Donna Elvira and Papagena) at the Vienna Staatsoper, a number of which she recorded - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) Austrian (Fayar) autographed photo showing her as Papagena, dating from the 1960s. £35      

 

 

 

 

  

       

            

 

above: detail of Lajos Miller autograph

Lajos Miller - born 1940, Hungarian baritone with a repertoire of over 75 roles; he is best-known for his Verdi roles (Renato, Germont, Luna, Posa) which he has sung particularly in Germnay and France - 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15 cm) autographed photo, signed by him in blue biro. £15

 

 

 

 

          

Sherrill Milnes - born 1935, American baritone; he made his Metropolitan Opera in 1965 as Valentin. and his Covent Garden debut in 1971 as Renato, returning for Macbeth. He sang at most of the world's major opera houses, but was most famous for his 25-year career at the Met, where his roles included Scarpia, Jack Rance, Amonasro, Germont, Escamillo, Miller, Iago, Rigoletto, Tonio, Boccanegra and Falsaff - 5 x 7 inches (13 x 17.5 cm) autographed photo. £20   [ref: SM1]    

   

  

 

 

  

 

Sherrill Milnes - born 1935, American baritone; he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1965 as Valentin, and his Covent Garden debut in 1971 as Renato, returning for Macbeth. He sang at most of the world's great opera houses, but was most famous for his 25-year career at the Met, where his roles included Scarpia, Jack Rance, Escamillo, Miller, Iago, Rigoletto, Tonio, Amonasro, Boccanegra and Falstaff - 8 x 10 inches (20 x 25 cm) large autographed photo. £25   [ref: SM2]  

   

  

 

 

  

  

Sherrill Milnes - born 1935, American baritone; one of the leading baritones at the Metropolitan Opera in the 1970s and 80s, particularly known for Verdi roles, including Miller, Iago, Monfort, Rigoletto, Amonasro and Falstaff - 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15 cm) autographed photo. £20   [ref: SM3]  

 

 

above: detail of Sherrill Milnes autograph

   

  

 

  

 

    

     

Yvonne Minton - born 1938, Australian mezzo-soprano; made her ROH Covent Garden debut as Octavian, and has since sung regularly at the Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Opera and Paris Opera - autograph on 6 x 4 inches (15 x 10 cm) orange card, signed: "With best wishes, Yvonne Minton, 1.2.72". £10   [ref: YM2]    

   

   

  

 

   

  

    

Yvonne Minton - born 1938, Australian mezzo-soprano; made her ROH Covent Garden debut as Octavian, and has since sung regularly at the Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Opera and Paris Opera - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo showing her as Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito at Cologne, signed: "Sincerely, Yvonne Minton. £15   [ref: YM3]    

   

  

 

  

  

    

Nelly Miricioiu - born 1952, Romanian and British soprano, a noted Violetta, Lucia, Mimi, Musetta, Tosca and Butterfly - autograph on 6 x 3.5 inches (15 x 9 cm) white page from autograph book, signed in 1986 after a performance of Faust at ROH Covent Garden. £10      

    

  

 

   

  

 

Gunther Missenhardt - German bass, a notable Baron Ochs, Sarastro and Osmin - autograph on 6 x 3.5 inches (15 x 9 cm) white page from autograph book, signed in 1985 after singing Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro at ROH Covent Garden. £10     

   

   

  

  
  

 

   

Martha Mödl - 1912-2001, German mezzo-soprano. She started her career at Düsseldorf in 1945, singing Dorabella, Hänsel, Azucena, Cherubino, Carmen, Octavian and Eboli. In 1949 she joined Hamburg Staatsoper as a dramatic soprano, performing Isolde, Kundry, Venus and Brünnhilde. In 1949 she made her debut at Covent Garden as Carmen, and in 1956 her Metropolitan Opera debut as the Nurse in Die Frau Ohne Schatten. In 1951 she sang Kundry at Bayreuth, and returned for the next sixteen years, most notably as Isolde, Brünnhilde, and later Waltraute. In old age she returned to the mezzo-soprano repertoire, singing roles such as Clytemnestra, and the Countess in The Queen of Spades; she was still performing right up to her death aged 89 - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo. Comes with a seperate autographed note in German (not shown). £45   [ref: MM1]
          

   

  

 

  

  

  

              

 

above: detail of Martha Mödl autograph

Martha Mödl - 1922-2001, German mezzo-soprano. She started her career at Düsseldorf in 1945, singing Dorabella, Hänsel, Azucena, Carmen, Cherubino, Octavian and Eboli. In 1949 she joined Humburg Staatsoper as a dramatic soprano, performing Isolde, Kundry, Venus and Brünnhilde. In 1949 she made her Covent Garden debut as Carmen, and in 1956 her Metropolitan Opera debut as the Nurse in Die Frau Ohne Schatten. In 1951 she sang Kundry at Bayreuth, returning for the next sixteen years, most notably as Isolde, Brünnhilde, and later Waltraute. In old age she returned to the mezzo-soprano repertoire, singing roles such as Clytemnestra, and the Countess in The Queen of Spades. She was still performing right up to her death aged 89 - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autograthed Telefunken postcard, nicely signed in firm blue biro. £45   [ref: MM2]

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

above: detail of Anna Moffo autograph

 
Anna Moffo - 1932-2006, American soprano, first gaining recognition in Italy as a fine Madama Butterfly, then making her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1959 as Violetta. In her time she was unrivalled as Liu and the three heroines in Les Conted d'Hoffmann - 8 x 10 inches (20 x 25 cm) autographed photo, with dedication: "For Raphael, best wishes, Anna Moffo". £30

 

 

 

 

    

Vasile Moldoveanu - born 1935, Romanian tenor; he made his professional debut in 1966 singing Rinuccio (Gianni Schicci) at the National Opera Bucharest. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1979 as Pinkerton, and went on to sing 105 performances there including Enrico in Les Vespres Siciliani and Turridu. In 1979 he made his Covent Garden debut singing the title role in Verdi's Don Carlo - 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15 cm) autographed record-company publicity photo card. £20      

 

 

 

 

  

 

Paolo Montarsolo - 1925-2006, Italian bass; he sang at most of the world's major opera houses including Vienna, Paris, Glyndebourne, Covent Garden, San Francisco and the Metropolitan Opera. He specialised in buffo roles such as Dulcamara, Don Pasquale, Fra Melitone, Baron Ochs and Gianni Schicchi - 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15 cm) autographed photo, signed "Paolo Montarsolo '69" in firm red ink. £25      

   

 

 

 

  

          

Grace Moore - 1898-1947, American soprano, and later actress: sang at the Metropolitan Opera for sixteen seasons (including Mimi, Tosca, Manon Lescault) and at ROH Covent Garden, plus concerts throughout Europe and the USA. Starred in eight movies (including New       Moom, One Night of Love, When You're in Love). Died in a plane crash aged 48 - autograph on 4.25 x 2.5 inches (11 x 6.5 cm) small page from autograph book. Scarce. £45      

   

  

 

  

  

 

Anthony Michaels Moore - born 1957, British baritone; ex-army officer and then teacher, he came to singing late, winning the Luciano Pavarotti Competition in 1985; has sung many roles including Scarpia, Rigoletto, Belcore, Tonio, Macbeth and Marcello at ROH Covent Garden, ENO, Glyndebourne, WNO, La Scala Milan, Chicago and the Met - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo, signed on photo in gold ink, with a second autograph in blue ink on reverse. £18  

   

 

above: detail of Anthony Michaels Moore autograph

  

  

 

 

    

 

Cynthia Morey - British soprano, principal with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company 1951-57; her roles included Patience, Phyllis, Rose Maybud and Gianetta - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed postcard showing her as Phyllis in Iolanthe, with dedication: "With much love to Marion and Frank, Cynthia Morey". Condition: fragments of paper stuck to reverse. £15  [ref: CM1]  

    

 

above: detail of Cynthia Morey autograph

 

   

 

 

 

    

 

Cynthia Morey - British soprano, principal with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company 1951-57; her roles included Patience, Phyllis, Rose Maybud and Gianetta - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed postcard showing her as Yum-Yum in The Mikado, signed: "Sincerely Cynthia Morey". Condition: light surface-crease top left corner. £20  [ref: CM2]  

    

 

above: detail of Cynthia Morey autograph

 

 

 

 

    

    

James Morris - born 1947, American bass-baritone; a major singer at the Metropolitan Opera since 1971, with a large repertoire, particularly noted as Wotan, Sachs and Scarpia. He made his British debut at Glyndebourne in 1972 as Banquo, and at the ROH Covent Garden he has sung Wotan/Wanderer in The Ring Cycle. At the Met he has sung over 50 different roles - 4.25 x 6.25 inches (11 x 15.5 cm) autographed photo. Condition: light vertical surface-crease stretching from top edge down to his nose. £25   [ref: JM1]     

 

 

 

 

  

     

James Morris - born 1947, American bass-baritone; a major singer at the Metropolitan Opera since 1971, with a large repertoire, particularly noted as Wotan, Sachs and Scarpia. He made his British debut at Glyndebourne in 1972 as Banquo, and at the ROH Covent Garden he has sung Wotan/Wanderer in The Ring Cycle. At the Met he has sung over 50 different roles - autograph on  3 x 5 inches (8 x 13 cm) white card, signed: "Best wishes, James Morris". £15    [ref: JM2]    

   

  

 

   

  

 

Maria Muller - 1898-1958, Czech/German soprano, a hugely important singer in her time, she left relatively few recordings. Sang Mimi, Elsa, Sieglinde, Senta and Elizabeth at the Metropolitan Opera and over a dozen roles at ROH Covent Garden including Jenufa, and she made frequent appearances at La Scala, Vienna and Paris - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo showing her in Oberon. £30   

   

 

above: detail of Maria Muller autograph

   

  

  

    

      

  

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