Three-quarter length role portrait photograph as Juliette in Gounod's Roméo et Juliette, signed in full and dated May 2, 1987. Bidú SAYÃO.

Three-quarter length role portrait photograph as Juliette in Gounod's Roméo et Juliette, signed in full and dated May 2, 1987.

Ca. 254 x 190 mm. Inscribed to Dr. William Tortolano, with "Romeo and Juliette" in Sayão's hand at head of verso.

In 1937 Brazilian soprano Sayão Bidú "enjoyed a tremendous success as Massenet’s Manon on her début at the Metropolitan (1937), initiating a New York career that lasted until 1951 in lyric and coloratura soprano roles such as Gilda, Rosina, Gounod’s Juliet, Mélisande, Violetta, Mimì, Norina, Adina, Zerlina and – perhaps most memorably – Susanna. She exuded feminine charm, warmth and refinement on stage, singing with pure, silvery tone and enlivening soubrette roles without recourse to soubrette mannerisms. She retired from the stage in 1958. In addition to concert appearances (many with Toscanini), she gave frequent recitals. Her many recordings, which include Zerlina, Susanna, Juliet (with Björling) and Manon, show the vitality, delicacy and pathos of her readings." Martin Bernheimer and Alan Blyth in Grove Music Online.

Dr. William Tortolano is Professor Emeritus of Music and Fine Arts at Saint Michael's College, Vermont. Item #23932

Price: $35.00  other currencies

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