Portrait photograph with autograph signature of the noted Ukrainian bass. Alexander KIPNIS.

Portrait photograph with autograph signature of the noted Ukrainian bass.

250 x 200 mm. Head-and-shoulders. Studio of Max Raymer, New York. Inscribed "To G. John Honig with kindest regards" and dated 1942.

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

Slightly worn.

Kipnis began his career in Europe as a lead in Berlin and Vienna. He was appearing in the Americas at the same time, and became a U.S. citizen in 1934. He concluded his career at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, retiring in 1946.

"With a voice of wide range and variety of colour, as well as of unusual refinement and flexibility for a bass, he also made his mark as a lieder singer, contributing extensively and valuably to the albums of the Hugo Wolf and Brahms Song Societies." Desmond Shawe-Taylor in Grove Music Online.

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 #31836

Price: $50.00  other currencies

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