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The Italian soprano is shown from the waist up, in a hooded cape and with a crucifix around her neck in this 7¼x9¼ black and white photograph, signed in white ink
Inscribed photograph signed "To George Lavioletto/Sincerely/Licia/Albanese" in white ink. B/w, 7¼x9¼. Licia Albanese, born in Bari, Italy, (1909-2014) was an Italian soprano who specialized in the works of Puccini. She is associated especially with Madam Butterfly, which she first performed in 1934 after replacing an absent performer. Albanese was with the Met from her 1940 debut there until 1966. She remained in New York, teaching at the Julliard School and elsewhere, and was honored with the Handel Medallion (2000) for her contribution to the cultural life of New York City. Lightly creased. Light rippling, possibly from water, at top edge. Otherwise in fine condition.


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Born: July 22, 1909 in Bari, Puglia, Italy
Died: August 15, 2014 in New York City, New York

Film Credits
2001 Little Shop of Erotica (Performer), 1986 Great Performances (in person), 1985 Toscanini: The Maestro (in person), 1956 Serenade (Performer), 1955 The Ed Sullivan Show (in person), 1951 The Voice of Firestone (in person), 1948 Otello (Performer)

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