Autograph letter on a postal card signed in full to Frank Garlich, treasurer of the Metropolitan Opera. Giuseppe DE LUCA.

Autograph letter on a postal card signed in full to Frank Garlich, treasurer of the Metropolitan Opera.

Dated Livorno, July 23, [1]924. In black ink, with the name and New York address of the recipient to recto and a photograph of the Calafuria e Ponte Ferrovia in Livorno to verso. Ca. 90 x 141 mm.

"Remembering always my dear friend Mr. Garlich I send my best regard."

Very slightly worn and browned.

Giuseppe De Luca was an Italian baritone. "He first appeared at the Metropolitan in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia in 1915, and for 20 consecutive seasons remained an invaluable member of the company, gradually assuming all the leading roles of the Italian repertory. Although his well-schooled baritone was less powerful than those of his close contemporaries Pasquale Amato and Titta Ruffo, his complete mastery of the art of singing enabled him to retain his powers almost unimpaired to an advanced age – as was observed when, after an absence of 25 years, he made an unheralded appearance at Covent Garden in 1935 as Rossini’s Figaro. This, together with Rigoletto (in which he made his Metropolitan farewell in 1940), ranked among his favourite roles. On 7 November 1947, at the age of 70, just 50 years after his début, he gave his farewell New York recital." Desmond Shawe-Taylor in Grove Music Online. Item #23610

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