Ca. 106 x 113 mm. In black ink on cream paper.
Worn; slightly creased and abraided, just touching signature; newspaper clipping laid down to verso.
Together with a program booklet for a performance of Verdi's Rigoletto at the Académie Nationale de Musique et de Danse in Paris, May 26, 1929, featuring Noréna (as Gilda), Manceau, Dobois-Lauger, Rex, and Llobérès. Illustrated wrappers. 80 pp. Slightly worn.
Norwegian soprano, Noréna made her début as Cupid (Gluck’s Orfeo) in 1907. She sang at the Nationale Theater in Oslo (1908–18) and then at the Swedish Royal Opera, Stockholm; in 1924 she was engaged to sing Gilda at La Scala. She first appeared at Covent Garden in 1924 and was a regular visitor to London where her Desdemona (1937) was especially distinguished. At the Paris Opéra (1925–37), her roles included the Queen of Shemakha (The Golden Cockerel), Marguerite de Valois (Les Huguenots), Mathilde (Guillaume Tell) and Ophelia (Hamlet). Norena sang at the Metropolitan (1933–8), making her début as Mimì... Her lovely voice, sincere feeling and restrained, impeccable style are preserved on recordings of her Violetta, Desdemona, Marguerite de Valois and Juliet." Harold Rosenthal and Alan Blyth in Grove Music Online.
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