Postmarked New York, December 8, 1908. In black ink. With handsome photograph of the singer, seated, to verso. In Italian (with translation).
Caruso thanks Quiroli for a favor.
"Infinite thanks to you and your [?]wife and I send warm greetings and best wishes back."
Slightly worn; autograph note browned and slightly defective at blank lower left corner; remnants of adhesive to lower margin of photograph. In double-sided black paper mount.
"The winning quality of the sound, the tender mezza voce (particularly in the early years), and his phrasing, based on a rare mastery of legato and portamento, enabled Caruso to sing the French and Italian lyric repertory as well as lighter operas. In addition, his noble, incisive declamation, his broad, generous phrasing, and his vigor in dramatic outbursts made him a notable interpreter of Verdi as well as of French grand opéra. In this repertory his performances were characterized by the irresistible erotic appeal of his timbre allied to a temperament as warm and vehement as his voice. His numerous recordings, now faithfully remastered on CD, not only made him universally famous, they also did much to encourage the acceptance of recording as a medium for opera." Rodolfo Celletti and Alan Blyth in Grove Music Online.
Giuseppe Quiroli was a singer, pedagogue, and husband of the famed soprano Adelina Agostinelli (1882-1954). Item #23535
Price: $200.00 other currencies