Portrait photograph with autograph signature of the American soprano. Helen JEPSON.
Portrait photograph with autograph signature of the American soprano.

Portrait photograph with autograph signature of the American soprano.

252 x 204 mm. Bust-length. Inscribed "To G. John Honig Swell Wishes Helen Jepson." Studio of De Bellis, New York, with handstamps and date of May 17, 1942 to verso.

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

Jepson made her début at the Metropolitan Opera as Helene in John Laurence Seymour’s In the Pasha’s Garden (1935) and first sang with the Chicago Grand Opera as Thaïs and at San Francisco as Martha in that same year. She continued to appear regularly with both the Metropolitan and Chicago companies until 1942.

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 #31841

Price: $40.00  other currencies

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