Autograph signature ("Etelka Gerster Gardini") dated New York, December 7, 1883. Etelka GERSTER.

Autograph signature ("Etelka Gerster Gardini") dated New York, December 7, 1883

On an album leaf, ca. 69 x 120 mm.

Attractively double-matted with an original bust-length cabinet card photograph by Sarony, New York, 159 x 102 mm.

Overall size ca. 356 x 279 mm.

Hungarian soprano Etelka Gerster "made her début in 1876 as Gilda (Rigoletto) at La Fenice, Venice, where she also sang Ophelia (Hamlet). She made her London début at Her Majesty’s Theatre in 1877 as Amina (La sonnambula) and also sang Lucia, Elvira (I puritani), Gilda and the Queen of Night. The following year she made her New York début as Amina at the Academy of Music, where she appeared in the first American performance of Balfe’s Il talismano (1878) and also sang Elsa (1881). Her rivalry with Patti was aggravated when they sang together on tour in Les Huguenots (Gerster as Marguerite de Valois, Patti as Valentine). Although she had a voice of great brilliance and flexibility, as well as complete security of technique, Gerster was unable to match the elder diva in personality or experience. In 1890 she gave one performance of Amina at Covent Garden, then retired. From 1896 to 1917 she taught singing in Berlin." Elizabeth Forbes in Grove Music Online.

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Price: $150.00  other currencies

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