Portrait photograph with autograph signature of the noted American soprano. Patrice MUNSEL.

Portrait photograph with autograph signature of the noted American soprano.

253 x 204 mm. Full-length, with identification and date of April 15, 1947 to verso.

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

Slightly worn and soiled.

Munsel made her Metropolitan Opera début in March 1943 at age 17, the youngest singer to ever star at the Met. She went on to appear in over 200 productions there, first as a coloratura and then as a soubrette. Munsel also starred in film and TV, including the leading role in Melba (1953) and her own primetime variety series, The Patrice Munsel Show (1957-58). By 1960, she had exhausted her voice and essentially retired from opera, continuing her career in musical comedies and shorter appearances.

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 #31843

Price: $75.00  other currencies

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