Reproduction photograph of the young maestro, signed in full white ink and inscribed "To Miss Alice E.L. Wolff Easter Sunday 1915." Arturo TOSCANINI.

Reproduction photograph of the young maestro, signed in full white ink and inscribed "To Miss Alice E.L. Wolff Easter Sunday 1915."

202 x 142 mm. A Mishkin image, with studio attribution in white at lower right corner.

Minor short (ca. 50 mm.) crack to right margin and lower right corner very slightly cracked, not affecting image; laid down to mounting sheet at corners of verso.

A highly distinguished conductor, "[Toscanini's] taste, which was largely formed in the 19th century, was in fact unusually wide. He was a notable interpreter of composers as various as Puccini, Berlioz, Brahms, Debussy, Tchaikovsky and Richard Strauss. But he was at his greatest in the music of his three favourites, Beethoven, Wagner and Verdi; his recording of Falstaff (made in 1950) will remain a classic of re-creation and a monument to his vitality and interpretative insight." David Cairns in Grove Music Online.

Toscanini conducted at the Metropolitan Opera from 1908-1915. He was scheduled to return to Europe aboard the doomed Lusitania at the end of his season with New York’s Metropolitan Opera in May of that year but left a week early, apparently aboard the Italian liner Duca degli Abruzzi.

Easter Sunday fell on April 4th in 1915; the present image was thus signed just short of the end of the great conductor's last season with the Met. Item #29423

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