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above: detail of Beatrice Uria-Monzon autograph

Beatrice Uria-Monzon - born 1963, French mezzo-soprano. She made her professional debut in 1987, and in 1989 she sang Cherubino for the Opéra de Nancy et Lorraine. She soon made her reputation singing the role for which she has now become world-famous, Carmen, at the Opéra Bastille, Buenos Aires, Toulouse, and eventually the Vienna State Opera and the Metropolitan Opera New York. Her other roles include Charlotte in Werther, Beatrice in Beatrice et Benedict, Dalila. Eboli, Santuzza, Judith in Bluebeard's Castle, Tosca and Venus - 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15 cm) autographed photo. Nice example of her desirable younger autograph (which is more elaborate than her current one). £25

 

 

 

 

   

                                   

 

above: detail of Violeta Urmana autograph

Violeta Urmana - born 1961, Lithuanian mezzo-soprano, later dramatic soprano. In 2004 she sang Isolde in Rome, and in the same year made her debut at Covent Garden as Leonora in La Forza del Destino. At Bayreuth she has sung Sieglinde, and her other roles include Tosca, Santuzza, Ariadne and Aida - 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15 cm) autographed photo, showing her as Sieglinde in Die Walküre. £20

 

 

 

 

 

Jose Van Dam - born 1940, Belgian bass-baritone; at the Deutche Oper Berlin he sang Mozart's Figaro, Leporello, Don Alfonso; also Attila and Prince Igor. He sang Escamillo at his Covent Garden debut in 1973 and at the Metropolitan Opera in 1975. His repertoire also included Phillip II, the Dutchman, Don Giovanni, Falstaff, Golaud and Berlioz's Mephistopheles. He is an artist much admired by other singers - autograph on 6 x 3.5 inches (15 x 9 cm) white page from autograph book. £12   [ref: JVD1]     

 

 

 

 

  

   

Jose Van Dam - born 1940, Belgian bass-baritone; at the Deutche Oper Berlin he sang Mozart's Figaro, Leporello, Don Alfonso; also Attila and Prince Igor. He sang Escamillo at his Covent Garden debut in 1973 and at the Metropolitan Opera in 1975. His repertoire also included Phillip II, the Dutchman, Don Giovanni, Falstaff, Golaud and Berlioz's Mephistopheles. He is an artist much admired by other singers - 4 x 6.5 inches (10.5 x 17 cm) autographed photo. £30   [ref: JVD2]           

 

 

 

 

  

  

Carol Vaness - born 1952, American soprano (initially a mezzo-soprano she retrained early on) who gained fame in Mozart roles such as Fiordiligi, Elektra (Idomeneo) and Donna Anna. In 1984 she made her Met debut as Armida (Rinaldo). More recently she has sung more dramatic roles such as Norma, Violetta, both Verdi Leonoras, Tosca and Tatiana - 4 x 5.5 inches (10 x 14 cm) autographed photo, nicely signed in firm blue biro. £20     

     

 

  

  

  

  
 

Julia Varady - born 1941, Hungarian-born German soprano, widow of the late baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. She sang at most of the world's major opera houses including the ROH Covent Garden, The Met, La Scala Milan and Vienna Staatsoper. Her large repertoire included roles by Mozart, Verdi, Puccini and Richard Strauss, including Arabella, Violetta, Tatiana and Fiorgiligi, plus the Wagner roles of Eva and Senta - 5.5 x 3.5 inches (14 x 9 cm) round-cornered autographed white card (black edge-lines do not appear on item!), with small photo snipped from magazine , signed: "sincerely yours, Julia Varady". £12   

 

 

 

 

  

 

        

 

above: detail of Ramon Vargas autograph

Ramon Vargas - born 1960, Mexican tenor, a pupil of legendary tenor Alfredo Kraus. He made his Met debut as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor in 1992, and his Scala debut in 1993 as Fenton in Falstaff under Muti. At the ROH Covent Garden he has sung the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, Rodolfo in La Boheme and Alfredo in La Traviata, and is a great favourite at the Vienna State Opera where he has sung many of the lyric and spinto roles including Werther - 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15 cm) autographed photo showing him as Edgardo at Theatro di San Carlo, signed "Ramon Vargas '93" in gold ink. £20   [ref: RV1]

 

 

 

 

 

              

 

above: detail of Ramon Vargas autograph

Ramon Vargas - born 1960, Mexican tenor, a pupil of legendary tenor Alfredo Kraus. He made his Met debut as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor in 1992, and his Scala debut in 1993 as Fenton in Falstaff under Muti. At the ROH Covent Garden he has sung the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, Rodolfo in La Boheme and Alfredo in La Traviata, and is a great favourite at the Vienna State Opera where he has sung many of the lyric and spinto roles including Werther - 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15 cm) autographed photo, signed in black sharpie. £20   [Ref: RV2]

 

 

 

 

  

     

 

 

 

above: detail of Josephine Veasey autograph

Josephine Veasey - born 1930, British mezzo-soprano. She made her Covent Garden debut as Cherubino, returning to sing Carmen, Dorabella, Rosina, Amneris and Fricka, the latter being the role with which she made her Metropolitan Opera debut - 5 x 7 inches (12.5 x 18 cm) autographed photo, showing her as Cherubino, signed in firm blue biro. £18   [ref: JV1]

 

 

 

 

 

       

 

above: detail of Josephine Veasey autograph

Josephine Veasey - born 1930, British mezzo-soprano. She made her Covent Garden debut as Cherubino, returning to sing Carmen, Dorabella, Rosina, Amneris and Fricka, the latter being the h she made her Metropolitan Opera debut - 4.25 x 7 inches (11 x 17.5 cm) autographed photo showing her as Rosina in The Barber of Seville. £18   [ref: JV2]

 

 

 

 

       

Christopher Ventris - British tenor; a fine Parsifal, Peter Grimes, Siegmund and Florestan at ROH Covent Garden, Bayreuth and the Met - 3.5 x 5.25 inches (9 x 13.5 cm) autographed photo.  SOLD
   

    

 

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Shirley Verrett - 1931-2010, American mezzo-soprano, later soprano, with a glorious voice which she used with great artistry and intelligence. She made her New York City Opera debut in1964 as Carmen, the role which she first sang at La Scala in 1966, and at  the Metropolitan Opera in 1968. She made her Covent Garden debut in 1966 as Ulrica, followed by her trademark Carmen in 1977 - 3.75 x 5.5 inches (9.5 x 14 cm) autographed photo, signed "S. Verrett" in red ink. £20  

     

 

 

above: detail of Shirley Verrett autograph

 

 

 

 

    

 

           

above: detail of Rolando Villazón autograph

Rolando Villazón - born 1972, Mexican tenor. He rose to fame quickly, singing Macduff for Berlin Saatsoper in 2000, and in 2003 he sang Rodolfo at Glyndebourne, Hoffmann at Covent Garden, and Alfredo in La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera New York. In 2007 he suffered vocal difficulties and underwent surgery, emerging successfully to sing Rodolfo at Covent Garden and Werther in Lyon. He has recently been successfully singing more lyrical roles, including Mozart and Donizetti - 4 x 6 inches (10.5 x 15 cm) autographed publicity photo, nicely signed in black marker pen. £20   [ref: RV1]

 

 

 

 

  

         

above: Christine Schäfer autograph

below: detail of Rolando Villazón autograph

 

 

Rolando Villazón & Christine Schäfer -  Rolando Villazón, born 1972, Mexican tenor. He has had a huge international career, singing Alfedo at the Metropolitan Opera and Hoffmann at ROH Covent Garden. After conquering vocal problems in 2007, he returned to Covent Garden to sing a spectacular Rodolfo. Christine Schäfer, born 1965, German soprano, who sang Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier at San Francisco, and a wonderful Gilda at ROH Covent Garden - 3.5 x 6.5 inches (8.75 x 16.5 cm) autographed photo, signed by both Rolando Villazón and Christine Schäfer in thin blue marker pen. £25   [ref: RV2]

 

 

 

 

   

        

 

above: detail of Deborah Voigt autograph

Deborah Voigt - born 1960, American soprano. After winning several singing competitions, she came to the public attention singing Ariadne in Ariadne auf Naxos at Boston Lyric Opera in 1991, making her Metropolitan Opera debut later that year as Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera, and in 2004 was a huge hit singing Isolde for the Vienna Staatsoper. Her huge size caused to her to lose the role of Ariadne at Covent Garden, but after surgery and weight loss she has sung the role there to huge acclaim. He has sung in all of the world's major opera houses, recently singing Minnie and Brünnhilde at the Met, and she has made numerous recordings - 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15 cm) autographed photo showing her at the Vienna Staatsoper, signed in black sharpie. £18

 

 

 

 

     

 

     

 

above: detail of Frderica Von Stade autograph

 

Frederica Von Stade - born 1945, American mezzo-soprano who made her Met debut in 1970 as Third Boy, returning for Suzuki, Lola and Nicklausse. She made her Covent Garden debut as Rosina in 1975, and she has sung the roles for which she has become famous, Octavian, Chenerentola, Charlotte, Cherubino, Melisande and Hansel, in many of the world's major opera houses, and has made numerous recordings - 6 x 9.5 inches (15 x 24 cm) large autographed photo, signed: "To Kenneth Dyer, with very happy wishes for 1979, Frederica von Stade". Included with photo is a handwritten letter from Frederica Von Stade to Kenneth Dyer on writing paper from Bristol Hotel, dated 26 December 1978. £30

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                

above: detail of Margaret Wakeham autograph

Margaret Wakeham - British soprano. She was the sister of baritone Michael Wakeham, and joined the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in in 1959 as a chorister, moving on to sing minor principal roles including Giulia in The Gondoliers - autograph in black ink on 2 x 1.75 inches (5 x 4.5 cm) card, mounted on 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) postcard, together with photo of her taken from magazine or opera programme. £10 

 

 

 

 

   

            

 

above: detail of Pauline Wales autograph

Pauline Wales - born 1938, British mezzo-soprano. In 1959 she joined the chorus of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, and was soon singing principal roles in Gilbert and Sullivan comic operas, including Tessa in The Gondoliers, Ruth in Ruddigore, Petti-Sing and Peep-Bo in The Mikado, Hebe in HMS Pinafore and the title role in Iolanthe. - autograph in black biro on 3.5 x 2 inches (8.5 x 5 cm) card, mounted on 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) white postcard, together with small photo from opera programme. £10

 

 

 

 

      

Sarah Walker - born 1943, British mezzo-soprano, who made her Covent Garden debut as Charlotte in Werther, and her Met debut as Cornelius (Giulio Cesare); other notable roles include Baba the Turk, Dorabella and Elizabeth in Gloriana  - 3.25 x 5 inches (8.5 x 12.5 cm) autographed photo, signed: "Best wishes, Sarah Walker". £16   [ref: SW2]  

  

 

above: detail of Sarah Walker autograph

 

 

 

 

    

 

Sarah Walker - born 1943; she made her Covent Garden debut as Charlotte in Werther, and her Met debut as Cornelius in Giulio Cesare; other notable roles include Baba the Turk, Dorabella and Elizabeth in Gloriana - 3.5 x 5 inches (9 x 13 cm) autographed photo, signed in gold ink. £18   [ref: SW3]     

 

 

 

 

  

  

Ian Wallace - 1919-2009, British bass-baritone who played buffo roles at Glyndebourne, Sadlers Wells, Scottish Opera and Welsh National Opera, including Bartolo (both Mozart and Rossini), Melitone, Pistol, Dulcamara, Don Pasquale and Don Magnifico. He also had a big career in the concert hall and as a radio broadcaster, and in later years was a regular on BBC radio panel show My Music - 5 x 3.75 inches (13 x 9.5 cm) green page from autograph book, signed: "To Brian, All the best, Ian Wallace". £10     

 

 

 

 

  

 

Claire Watson - 1927-1986, American soprano who studied with Elizabeth Schumann and made her debut at Graz in 1951 as Desdemona, making her debut at ROH Covent Garden in 1958 as the Marschallin. At New Orleons she was a notable Arabella, and her other roles included Elizabeth de Valois, Ellen Orford, The Countess, Eva, Tatiana and Aida, particularly in the major German opera Houses - 4.25 x 6 inches (10.5 x 15 cm) autographed photo showing her as Fiordiligi. £50
     

  

 

 

 

  

 

         

Lillian Watson - born 1947, British soprano, best known for Mozart and Richard Strauss roles (Despina, Sussanah, Blonde, Sophie), particularly at ROH Covent Garden. Her Sharpears in The Cunning Little Vixen has been widely acclaimed, and was recorded under Simon Rattle  - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo, signed: "With best wishes, Lillian Watson". £15  

  

 

above: detail of Lillian Watson autograph

   

 

 

   

    

 

                                                            

detail of Felicia Weathers autograph

Felicia Weathers - born 1937, American soprano, who had a successful but short career, singing at the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, La Scala Milan and most of the major European opera houses. Her repertoire was wide, but she was especially noted for her Salome, Donna Anna, Aida, Elizabeth in Don Carlos, and the title role in Madama Butterfly. Later in her career she sang recitals and was an opera producer - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo showing her as Butterfly at Vienna State Opera, signed: "Sincerely, Felicia Weathers". £35

 

 

 

 

        

Ludwig Weber - 1899-1979, Austrian bass with a vast dark voice; sang Pogner, Gurnemanz, Hunding, Hagen, Dalend, King Mark at ROH Covent Garden and Bayreuth. Later sang Boris Godunov to great aclaim for Vienna State Opera - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo. £50             

   

  

 

   

  

 

Bernd Weikl - born 1942, Austrian baritone, who sang Melot at Salzberg in 1971, and made his Bayreuth debut in 1972 as Wolfram, subsequently returning for Amfortas, The Herald and Hans Sachs. In 1975 he made his Covent Garden debut as Rossini's Figaro in 1975, and in 1977 his Met debut as Wolfram. Other roles in his large repertoire of over 100 roles includes Onegin, Tomsky, Mandryka, Golaud and Eisenstein - 4.25 x 5.5 inches (11 x 13.5 cm) autographed photo showing him as Posa in Don Carlo. £20     

 

 

 

 

  

 

                           

 

above: detail of autograph

Otto Wiener - 1911-2000, Austrian baritone; initially a concert singer, he made his operatic debut as Boccanegra at Graz. He made his Bayreuth debut in 1957 as Hans Sachs, returning as Gunther, Wotan/Wanderer and the Dutchman; at Glyndebourne he played La Roche in Capriccio. Other operatic roles included Faninal (Der Rosenkavalier), Wotan (Rheingold) and Ottavio (Coronation of Poppea), all of which he recorded, as well as solos in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Missa Solemnis, and Brahms' German Requiem  - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 1q4 cm) autographed Fayer photo, showing him as Sarastro in Die Zauberflote at Vienna Staatsoper. £40  

 

 

 

 

       

Ludwig Welter - German bass; a much-admired singer in Verdi and Wagner at Vienna, Bayreuth and the Metropolitan Opera: sang roles in numerous recordings in the early 1960s (Padre Guardiano, Commendatore, Colline) - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo. Scarce autograph. £30

         

  

 

 

    

 

  

 

                       

 

above: detail of William Wernigk autograph

William Wernigk - 1894-1973, Austrian tenor. He fought in the Austrian army in the First World War, and was badly wounded in 1915. After recovering he joined the Vienna Staatsoper in 1919, singing with them for the next 44 years, where his numerous tenor roles included Pedrillo in Die Entführung auf dem Serail, Monastatos in Die Zauberflöte, Wenceslas in The Bartered Bride, and Cassio in Otello. An intelligent singer and fine actor, able to cope with demanding contemporary works, he sang in the premieres of Salmhofer's Die Dame im Traum and Von Einem's Danton's Tod; from 1927 to 1949 he was a regular soloist at the Salzburg Festival - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo showing him as the Bishop of Budoja in Pfitzner's Palestrina. £60

 

 

 

 

       

Willard White -born 1946 Jamaican bass; at ROH Covent Garden he has sung Klingsor, Fafner, Timur and Pizarro. A superb actor, he has played Shakespeare's Othello in the theatre - 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15 cm) autographed photo showing him as Tchelio in L'Amour des Trois Oranges, Amsterdam 2005, signed: "all the very best, Willard White". £18   

  

 

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above: detail of autograph

Herman Wiedemann - 1879-1944. German baritone; in 1912 he took part in the première of Ferruccio Busoni's Die Brautwahl in Hamburg, and was a member of the Vienna Hofoper from 1916 (singing in the German-language première of Jenůfa in 1918) and appeared at Salzburg until 1941, notably as Faninal, and as Beckmesser in the performances of Die Meistersinger conducted by Arturo Toscanini in 1937. Among his many roles in major opera houses in Germany and Italy he was a noted Guglielmo and Alberich.His Covent Garden appearances were in 1913 as Faninal, in the London première of Der Rosenkavalier, and in 1938 as Beckmesser - 3 x 5 inches (8 x 13 cm) autographed photo: the item is autographed by him, and has an inscription in German saying that the photo shows him as Beckmesser in Vienna, and is dated 1927. £55

 

 

 

 

      

Harold Williams - 1893-1976: Australian baritone with a career spent mostly in Britain on the concert platform as an oratorio soloist in works such as Elijah, The Kingdom, The Dream of Gerontius. He sang principal roles at the ROH Covent Garden including Tonio in Pagliacci, Iago and Wolfram - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed postcard in excellent condition, showing him as Hiawatha, nicely signed by him in black ink. £20     

     

 

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Wolfgang Windgassen - 1914-1974, German tenor who sang Parsifal at Bayreuth in 1951 to huge acclaim, and thereafter appeared there for the next nineteen years in roles including Froh, Siegmund, Siegfried, Tannhauser, Walther, Erik and Tristan. He made his Met debut in 1957 as Siegmund, and appeared regularly at Covent Garden. He was much admired as Otello, Rienzi and the Emperor (Die Frau Ohne Schatten), and his Tristan and Siegfried are regarded as amongst the finest ever recorded - 4 x 6 inches (10.5 x 15 cm) autographed photo showing him as Otello. £40   [ref: WW1]      

 

 

 

 

  

 

Wolfgang Windgassen - 1914-1974, German tenor who sang Parsifal at Bayreuth in 1951 to huge acclaim, and thereafter appeared there for the next nineteen years in roles including Froh, Siegmund, Siegfried, Tannhauser, Walther, Erik and Tristan. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1957 as Siegmund, and appeared regularly at Covent Garden. He was much admired as Otello, Rienzi and the Emperor (Die Frau Ohne Schatten), and his Tristan and Siegfried are regarded as amongst the finest ever recorded  - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed Fayer photo. £40   [ref: WW2]     

 

 

 

 

  

 

                       

 

above: detail of Wolfgang Windgassen autograph

Wolfgang Windgassen - 1914-1974, German tenor who sang Parsifal at Bayreuth in 1951, to huge acclaim, appearing there for the next nineteen years in a number of roles including Froh, Siegmund, Siegfried, Tannhauser, Walther, Erik and Tristan. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1957 as Siegmund, and appeared regularly at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He was much admired as Otello, Rienzi and the Emperor (Die Frau Ohne Schatten) and his Siegfried and Tristan are regarded as amongst the finest ever recorded - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed Fayer photo, signed: "Herzlicht, W. Windgassen 1962". £45   [ref: WW3]

 

 

 

 

  

Patricia Wise - born 1943, American coloratura soprano, who made her professional debut as Rossini's Rosina for New York City Opera. She sang with many of the world's major opera companies, including Berio's Un Re in Ascolta at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Other roles in her repertoire included Gilda, Zerbinetta, Mozart's Susanna and Gounod's Juliette. She is now a notable singing professor in the USA - 4 x 5 inches (10 x 13 cm) autographed photo, signed: "Best wishes, Patricia Wise". £18      

 

 

 

 

  

       

Ingvar Wixell - 1931-2011, Swedish baritone, a member of the Swedish National Opera, making his debut there as Papageno in 1955; he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1973 as Rigoletto and his Royal Opera House debut in 1972 as Boccanegra; he became a great favourite there returning for Renato, Rigoletto, Scarpia, Amanasro, Posa and Onegin, and sang in most of the world's great opera houses - 7 x 9 inches (17.5 x 23.5 cm) large autographed photo. £35   [ref: IW1]

     

 

   

   

    

 

  

 

            

 

above: detail of autograph

Ingvar Wixell - 1931-2011, Swedish baritone; he made his debut with Swedish National Opera as Papageno in 1955, then his Covent Garden debut in 1972 as Boccanegra, and his Met debut in 1973 as Rigoletto. He sang in most of the world's great opera houses, but was a particular favourite at Covent Garden where his roles included Onegin, Rigoletto, Scarpia, Amonasro and Posa - 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15 cm) autographed photo, showing him as Amonasro in Aida, signed by him in red marker-pen. £30  [ref: IW2]

 

 

 

 

    

Fritz Wunderlich - 1930-1966, legendary German tenor who died young when he fell down a staircase. Some consider his Don Ottavio and Tamino to be the finest ever - autograph in firm blue biro on 4.75 x 2 inches (12 x 5 cm) paper page cut from autograph book. Now a very scarce autograph. £90      

 

 

 

 

  

            

Carol Yahr - American soprano - 4 x 5 inches (10 x 12.5 cm) autographed photo. £10       

        

 

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above: detail of Giuseppe Zampieri autograph

Giuseppe Zampieri - 1921-1981, Italian tenor. From 1951 to 1955 he sang small parts at La Scala Milan, and then replaced Giuseppe di Stefano in several roles, including Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor opposite Maria Callas, when the company was on tour in Berlin. He was greatly admired in the USA, making his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1961 as Cavaradossi - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo, with lovely autograph in dark blue ink. £35

 

 

 

 

     

Mara Zampieri - born 1951, Italian soprano, best known as Tosca and Minnie, particularly in Italy and ROH Covent Garden - 4 x 5.75 inches (10 x 14.5 cm) autographed photo showing her as Lady Macbeth. Signature in red marker-pen is rather clearer than appears on scan. £18   [ref: MZ1]    

   

 

   

  

  

    

Mara Zampieri - born 1951, Italian soprano, best known as Tosca and Minnie, particularly in Italy and at ROH Covent Garden - autograph on 6 x 3.5 inches (15 x 9 cm) white page from autograph book. £10   [ref: MZ2]    

   

   

 

     

  

 

     

 

above: detail of Giorgio Zancanaro autograph

Giorgio Zancanaro - born 1939, Italian baritone. He had a glorious big voice with excellent top notes, but his rapid vibrato that meant that his many recordings never quite did him justice. He had a wide repertoire, and was the world's leading Verdi baritone in the 1980s singing at all of the world's major opera houses; his roles included Rigoletto, Posa, Iago and Montfort. He also sang verismo roles including Scarpia and Gerard. His Renato at the Metropolitan Opera was incomparable, as was his di Luna at ROH Covent Garden - 4 x 6 inches (10.5 x 15 cm) autographed photo, nicely signed by him in silver ink. £40

 

 

 

 

  

 

        

 

above: detail of Teresa Zylis-Gara autograph

Teresa Zylis-Gara - born 1930, Polish soprano. In the late 1960s she shot to fame, making her international debut as Octavian at Glyndebourne, and in 1969 her Covent Garden debut as Violetta, and later that year her San Francisco and Metropolitan Opera debuts as Donna Elvira. She then sang 14 successive seasons at the Met, where her roles included Butterfly, Liu, Fiordiligi, Mimi, Tatiana, Desdemona, Manon Lescault, Elsa and Wagner's Elizabeth - 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15 cm) autographed photo, nicely signed in blue marker-pen. £20

 

 

 

      

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