Portrait photograph of the American soprano in costume signed in full and inscribed. Grace born 1937 BUMBRY.

Portrait photograph of the American soprano in costume signed in full and inscribed

Bust-length. With autograph signature in blue ball point pen to recto and inscription to "For Guido Russi" to verso. On glossy photographic paper without margins. 148 x 104 mm.

Slightly worn.

"... mezzo-soprano, later soprano, Grace Bumbry... won a scholarship to a local music school [in St. Louis]. However, the school was segregated and refused to admit the African American Bumbry... [Her] break came in the form of scholarships to Boston University, Northwestern University in Chicago, and then the Music Academy of the West with Lotte Lehmann, and in Paris with Bernac. Bumbry made her debut in 1960 at the Paris Opéra as Amneris in Aida... She explored Europe’s superior artistic opportunities - she was the first black artist to appear as Venus in Tannhäuser at Bayreuth in 1961. Her New York debut at Carnegie Hall came in 1962. Bumbry started performing soprano roles in 1970, performing Salome, Sélika (L’Africaine), Adalgisa, and Norma at Covent Garden, and adding Tosca, La Gioconda, Leonora (Trovatore and La forza del destino), and Gershwin’s Bess to her Metropolitan repertory. Performing Salome in London, she donned a flesh-toned bikini for the Dance of the Seven Veils, telling Ebony magazine, 'Covent Garden had never before rented so many opera glasses. When I started to dance, everything else on stage stopped and I could see the glasses going up en masse.' " Alan Blyth and Meredith Eliassen in Grove Music Online. Item #23878

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