Portrait photograph inscribed to Marilyn Horne and signed in full. George CEHANOVSKY.

Portrait photograph inscribed to Marilyn Horne and signed in full

8 x 10" (256 x 202 mm). Inscribed and signed in white ink: "To Jackie Horne in friendship devoutedly George Cehanovsky."

From the collection of the distinguished American mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne (b. 1934).

With small identification and NBC Artists Service handstamps to verso.

Russian baritone George Cehanovsky "made his début in St Petersburg where he sang Yevgeny Onegin and Valentin in Faust, fleeing to Constantinople after the Revolution and then to the USA. After a period with the Baltimore Civic Opera he joined the Metropolitan in 1926. During his 40 seasons there he sang 97 roles (mostly comprimario) in over 2000 performances in New York and on tour, remaining as Russian coach until he was over 90. His first wife was the soprano Elisabeth Rethberg. Though his serviceable voice is heard on many Metropolitan recordings, he is probably best remembered as one of those whose vitality and goodwill help to make all who work in a great international house feel that they belong to a company." J.B. Steane in Grove Music Online.

"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 #31451

Price: $40.00  other currencies

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