Fine quarter-length portrait engraving by Evert van Mayden (1853-1922) of the French operatic tenor

[?Paris]: [ca. 1880]. 144 x 102 mm. + wide margins. Signed in the plate. A fine impression, printed on lightweight wove paper.

Small tear to blank margin repaired; remnants of tape to left edge of verso.

Following his debut at the Opéra-Comique in 1861 as Daniel in Adam’s Le Chalet, Capoul sang at Drury Lane and Covent Garden. "In the USA he made his début at the Academy of Music, New York, in 1871, and appeared in the opening season at the Metropolitan in 1883–4 as Wilhelm Meister and Alfredo; there he had to renounce the title role in Roméo et Juliette, in which he excelled, to Jean de Reszke and play Tybalt instead. Back in Paris he became director of the Opéra, lost his fortune through speculation and died in poverty. His single recording, made at the age of 66, is of the lullaby in Godard’s Jocelyn, which he sang in the opera’s première at the Opéra-Comique in 1888. An eloquent lyric singer, he was particularly admired as Méhul’s Joseph." Elizabeth Forbes and J.B. Steane in Grove Music Online. Item #24803

Price: $100.00  other currencies

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