Showcase - Singers Photographs


Photographs of singers provide a frozen point in time that, at their best, capture both the character that the singer is portraying as well as the particular attributes of the performer.

In addition, role portraits offer documentary evidence of many dimensions of a specific performance, including costuming, staging, and lighting effects.

Some of the photographers represented in this exhibition were at the height of their field at the time they worked with their subjects, and many of the best images stand alone as works of art in their own right.  

Highlights include:

Caruso, Enrico  1873-1921
Fine large original photograph by A. Bert in Paris, signed "Enrico Caruso" and inscribed to the prominent Moravian soprano Maria Jeritza, ca. 1919.

Chaliapin, Feodor  1873-1938
Fine very large original photograph of the distinguished Russian bass in formal attire.

Clément, Edmond  1867-1928
Original photograph of the noted French tenor from the studios of Aimé Dupont in New York, ca. 1910.

Farrar, Geraldine  1882-1967
Original photograph of the noted soprano in the title role of Ambroise Thomas's Mignon, signed.

Kipnis, Alexander  1891-1978
Fine large original silver print photograph of the distinguished Ukrainian-born American bass by the noted Hungarian-born photographer Laszlo Willinger (1909-1989), Vienna, ca. 1935. Signed by the photographer.

Melba, Nellie  1861-1931
Attractive photograph of the soprano in formal attire by the Walery studios, London.

Metropolitan Opera
A fine collection of 192 photographs of prominent singers from the late 19th and 20th centuries, many of whom were associated with the Metropolitan Opera.

Mishkin, Herman  1870-1948
45 original photographs of prominent early 20th-century singers by the noted New York photographer Mishkin, official portraitist of the Metropolitan Opera from 1908-1932 and foremost portrayer of Golden Age opera singers.

Swarthout, Gladys  1900-1969
Bust-length portrait photograph, signed in full and inscribed. Also signed by the noted photographer, Herbert Mitchell