Paris: Heugel & Cie. [ca. 1895]. 32.5 x 23/5". Printed in blue and black. The poster reproduces, in very large format, the photograph by Reutlinger of Emma Calvé in the role of Anita.
From the collection of Marilyn Horne (b. 1934).
Slightly worn; attached at corners to card stock. In very good condition overall.
Reproduced in Schneider: Massenet, plate 26.
La Navarraise, in two acts to a libretto by Jules Claretie and Henri Cain after Claretie’s short story La cigarette, was first performed in London at Covent Garden on June 20, 1894 and in Paris at the Opéra-Comique on October 8, 1895; Calvé performed in both productions.
"[Massenet] was the most prolific and successful composer of opera in France at the end of the 19th century and into the beginning of the 20th." Annegret Fauser, Patrick Gillis and Hugh Macdonald 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 #30338
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