Three-quarter-length portrait in black dress. From the studios of Ray Lee Jackson, New York. 255 x 203 mm.
Slightly worn; several pinholes to corners; small tear to lower edge; minor staining to verso; signature partially obscured by its placement on the dark background of the soprano's dress.
Italian soprano Gina Cigna made her debut at La Scala in 1926. In 1929, she "returned there and sang every season until 1943, establishing herself as a leading Italian dramatic soprano. She was particularly admired as Norma, La Gioconda, Turandot and in Verdi; she also took part in important revivals of Alceste (1935) and L’incoronazione di Poppea (1937) at Florence, and was the Kostelni ka in the first performance in Italy of Jen fa (1941, Venice). Cigna made her Covent Garden début as Marguerite in La damnation de Faust in 1933, and returned there in 1936, 1937 and 1939. She sang at the Metropolitan (1937–8), and also in San Francisco and Chicago. In 1947, following a car accident, she retired, devoting much of the rest of her life to teaching." She was a highly dramatic and musical singer with a dark voice and an attractive, rapid vibrato. "Her pre-war recordings of Norma and Turandot show the physical excitement of her singing and her dramatic involvement." Harold Rosenthal and Alan Blyth in Grove Music Online. Item #23791
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