Role portrait photograph with autograph signature of the American tenor as Faust. Mario BERINI.

Role portrait photograph with autograph signature of the American tenor as Faust.

255 x 206 mm. Full-length. With identification and date of April 15, 1947 to verso. Inscribed to John Honig.

From the collection of the distinguished American mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne (b. 1934); previously in the collection of John Honig.

Upper left corner slightly creased, not affecting image.

Berini was born in what is now Ukraine and was raised in San Francisco. He performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York throughout the 1940s as well as at Radio City Music Hall and Broadway. A failed vocal operation cut his career short, but he continued as a noted teacher whose students included Helen Donath and Pia Zadora.

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 #31834

Price: $40.00  other currencies

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