Head-and-shoulders photographic portrait by Becker & Maatz in Berlin with autograph inscription signed in full to the noted soprano Elisabeth Rethberg dated Rome, April 1929. Ottorino RESPIGHI.
Head-and-shoulders photographic portrait by Becker & Maatz in Berlin with autograph inscription signed in full to the noted soprano Elisabeth Rethberg dated Rome, April 1929.
Head-and-shoulders photographic portrait by Becker & Maatz in Berlin with autograph inscription signed in full to the noted soprano Elisabeth Rethberg dated Rome, April 1929.

Head-and-shoulders photographic portrait by Becker & Maatz in Berlin with autograph inscription signed in full to the noted soprano Elisabeth Rethberg dated Rome, April 1929.

Framed and glazed. Overall size ca. 13.25" x 10.25".

Slightly browned; minor creasing to lower left blank margin.

From the collection of Marilyn Horne (b. 1934).

'Despite the eclecticism and uneven quality of his output as a whole, the colourful inventiveness of [Respighi's] most successful works has won them an international popularity unmatched by any other Italian composer since Puccini." John C.G. Waterhouse, Janet Waterhouse and Potito Pedarra in Grove Music Online.

"Rethberg’s beautiful lirico spinto soprano was perfectly equalized between the registers, and a combination of natural musicianship and sound training enabled her to maintain an unusually even legato in the most difficult passages. Rethberg made a large number of recordings, many of which reveal her rare beauty of tone and purity of style." Desmond Shawe-Taylor in Grove Music Online.

A distinguished American mezzo-soprano, "Horne had a voice of extraordinary range, rich and tangy in timbre, with a stentorian chest register and an exciting top... In concert she once achieved the feat of singing in a single programme Rossini arias and Brünnhilde’s Immolation Scene, proof of her exceptional versatility. Throughout her lengthy career she was an admired recitalist, singing lieder, mélodies, Spanish and American songs with equal aplomb." Alan Blyth in Grove Music Online. Item #30320

Price: $450.00  other currencies

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