Autograph note of the Romanian-born American soprano, signed in full and dated New York, January 7, 1914. Together with a head-and-neck photograph by Mishkin. Alma GLUCK.

Autograph note of the Romanian-born American soprano, signed in full and dated New York, January 7, 1914. Together with a head-and-neck photograph by Mishkin.

On an album leaf 5-1/2" x 8-1/8" (140 x 205 mm.) inscribed "To my dear little friend Alice Elizabeth L. Wolff, whom I have not had the pleasure to meet yet My best good wishes." Photograph 7-15/16" x 5-15/16" (203 x 151 mm.). With Mishkin copyright to right margin.

Both items laid down to mounting sheets at corners of verso.

Gluck made a "highly successful début with the Metropolitan Opera at the New Theatre on 16 November 1909 as Sophie in Massenet’s Werther. She sang for seven seasons between 1909 and 1918 at the Metropolitan, where her roles included the Happy Spirit in Gluck’s Orfeo (under Toscanini), Marguerite, Venus, Gilda and Mimì. After a period of further study with Marcella Sembrich, she devoted herself almost wholly to concert singing. In the popular ballad repertory she achieved a success similar to that of John McCormack, rivalling him in purity of tone and line and clarity of enunciation; she was also a distinguished interpreter of more serious music, especially Handel." Desmond Shawe-Taylor in Grove Music Online.

Herman Mishkin (1870-1948) served as the Metropolitan Opera's official portraitist from 1908-1932, producing an important body of work documenting "The Golden Age of Opera." Item #31181

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