Photograph by Carlo Edwards, New York, of Melchior costumed as a woman and Lily Pons as a man backstage at the Metropolitan Opera in New York on the occasion of a fund raising party in 1934. Lauritz MELCHIOR, Lily PONS.

Photograph by Carlo Edwards, New York, of Melchior costumed as a woman and Lily Pons as a man backstage at the Metropolitan Opera in New York on the occasion of a fund raising party in 1934.

Ca. 250 x 200 mm. Melchior and Pons performed a comic dance as part of the festivities.

With a humourous autograph inscription in Melchior's hand to lower right: "one of my Big friends Albert deine Laura," referring to his character in the dance and the dramatic size difference bgween the tall, 300-odd-pound Melchior and the petite Pons. With a note in German to verso: "Dear Melchiors, I'm sorry that you were not in when I dropped by. I'll come back."

With photographer's embossed stamp to lower right.

From the collection of the distinguished American mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne (b. 1934).

All corners chipped and with small pinholes, lower left separated and taped.

"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, Spanish and American songs with equal aplomb." Alan Blyth in Grove Music Online. Item #32022

Price: $185.00  other currencies

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