Portrait photograph with autograph signature of the Canadian tenor and impresario. Edward JOHNSON.

Portrait photograph with autograph signature of the Canadian tenor and impresario.

251 x 201 mm. Bust-length. Inscribed "To G. John Honig with my compliments and good wishes of Sincerely yours Edward Johnson NY 1942" on recto.

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

Johnson began his career in Boston and New York before moving to Italy where he had great success as Edoardo Di Giovanni. He then returned to the U.S. and was a leading tenor in Chicago and at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. In 1935, he became general manager of the Met, a position he held until his retirement in 1950.

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 #31840

Price: $30.00  other currencies

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