Role portrait photograph with autograph signature of the Brazilian soprano as Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro dated 1947. Bidú SAYÃO.

Role portrait photograph with autograph signature of the Brazilian soprano as Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro dated 1947.

255 x 203 mm. Three-quarter length. Inscribed to John Honig, with identification in Sayão's hand "Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro" to verso.

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

Sayão "enjoyed a tremendous success as Massenet’s Manon on her début at the Metropolitan (1937), initiating a New York career that lasted until 1951 in lyric and coloratura soprano roles such as Gilda, Rosina, Gounod’s Juliet, Mélisande, Violetta, Mimì, Norina, Adina, Zerlina and – perhaps most memorably – Susanna. She exuded feminine charm, warmth and refinement on stage, singing with pure, silvery tone and enlivening soubrette roles without recourse to soubrette mannerisms. She retired from the stage in 1958. In addition to concert appearances (many with Toscanini), she gave frequent recitals. Her many recordings, which include Zerlina, Susanna, Juliet (with Björling) and Manon, show the vitality, delicacy and pathos of her readings." Martin Bernheimer and Alan Blyth 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 #31844

Price: $40.00  other currencies

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