Portrait photograph by G. Maillard Kesslere with autograph signature of the noted American mezzo-soprano. Risë STEVENS.

Portrait photograph by G. Maillard Kesslere with autograph signature of the noted American mezzo-soprano.

252 x 202 mm. Bust-length. Inscribed to John Honig.

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

Slightly scratched and creased.

Stevens began her career in Europe before returning home and making her Metropolitan Opera début in 1936. She appeared in productions there for the next 25 years, participating in numerous recordings. Stevens also starred in several films and TV movies, most notably Going My Way (1944) with Bing Crosby.

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 #31848

Price: $40.00  other currencies

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