Autograph inscription of the noted American soprano, signed in full: "With every good wish cordially yours Mary Garden 1919."

On an album leaf 5.5" x 8" (140 x 204 mm.).

An American soprano of Scottish birth, "Garden was recognized as a supreme singing-actress, with uncommonly vivid powers of characterization (her dramatic style influenced by both Sarah Bernhardt and Coquelin Ainé) and a rare subtlety of colour and phrasing." In 1902, Claude Debussy chose her to sing Mélisande in the première of Pelléas et Mélisande. When in 1909 she sang the title role in a New York performance of Richard Strauss's Salome, "her lascivious kissing of the severed head of the Baptist outraged the guardians of morality even more than her Dance of the Seven Veils (which she executed chastely in a body-stocking)." Michael T.R.B. Turnbull in Grove Music Online. Item #31174

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