1 page. Ca. 54 x 89 mm. Dated Chicago February 13, 86. In dark blue ink on card stock. In Italian.
A role portrait photograph of the tenor, three-quarter-length. Image size ca. 165 x 114 mm.
Signature and photo matted and laid down to mount, ca. 356 x 280 mm. Slightly worn and soiled; remnants of adhesive to mount.
"After making his début at Iaşi, Romania, [Del Puente] sang in Spain (1870) and Rome (1873). He was first heard in London at Drury Lane in 1873 and sang one performance of Rigoletto at La Scala in 1875. During 1878 he took the role of Escamillo in the first performances of Carmen in London (Her Majesty's Theatre) and New York (Academy of Music). He sang Valentine in Faust at the opening night of the Metropolitan (22 October 1883), also appearing as Barnaba in the first New York performance of La gioconda and in several other roles during the inaugural season. He sang Lescaut in 1885 in the first New York performance of Massenet's Manon at the Academy of Music. In 1891 he sang Alfio in the US première of Cavalleria rusticana at Philadelphia. He continued to perform in London until 1888 and in America until 1895. A stylish singer, he... was admired for his forthright interpretations, especially of Mozart's Figaro and Don Giovanni and of the French repertory." Elizabeth Forbes in Grove Music Online. Item #24336
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