Dated January 11, 65. Ca. 85 x 153 mm.
Slightly worn and soiled; small staple holes to upper left corner; three additional signatures and various handstamps to recto and verso.
Bergonzi, an Italian tenor, "first sang at La Scala in 1953, creating the title role of Napoli’s Mas’Aniello, and appeared there for the next 20 years. He made his London début at the Stoll Theatre in 1953 as Don Alvaro, the role in which he first appeared at Covent Garden (1962); he returned as Manrico, Riccardo, Radames, Cavaradossi, Nemorino, Rodolfo (Luisa Miller) and Edgardo... He made his American début in Chicago in 1955 in a double bill as Luigi (Il tabarro) and Turiddu, and sang regularly at the Metropolitan from 1956 for 30 years, making his last appearance there in 1988 as Rodolfo (Luisa Miller). In addition to the Verdi tenor repertory Bergonzi sang more than 40 roles, including Pollione, Enzo, Boito’s Faust and Canio. His voice was of beautiful quality, well modulated and well defined; he used it with taste, discretion and an elegant sense of line. These qualities can be heard in his many recordings, most notably of Verdi." Harold Rosenthal and Alan Blyth in Grove Music Online. Item #23730
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