Role portrait postcard photograph with autograph signature of the British-American tenor as the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto dated Vienna, 1913. Addressed to Walter Honig in Vienna. Alfred PICCAVER.

Role portrait postcard photograph with autograph signature of the British-American tenor as the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto dated Vienna, 1913. Addressed to Walter Honig in Vienna.

Studio of Angerer in Vienna, with their blindstamp and that of the Magasin Metropole to lower margin.

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

Slightly worn and soiled.

Born in Lincolnshire, Piccaver emigrated as a child with his family to New York where he began his vocal training as a church chorister. He eventually enrolled at the Metropolitan School of Opera and in 1907 was sent to Prague to continue his training. Piccaver gained a reputation singing roles in works by Verdi, Wagner, Mozart, and Gounod, but was most celebrated for his interpretation of Rodolfo in La Bohème.

The Honig family emigrated from Vienna to England in September of 1938 and then to the United States in 1939. The family papers are held at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.

"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, and Spanish and American songs with equal aplomb." Alan Blyth in Grove Music Online. Item #31812

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