AMELITA GALLI-CURCI - AUTOGRAPH 1954 - HFSID 112568
Sale Price $126.00
Signature given in 1954, the year of her ill-advised return to the stage
Signature: "Amelita Galli-Curci/1954", 3½x2 card, affixed to 4½x3½ album leaf. Amelita Galli-Curci (1882-1963), a coloratura soprano, made here operatic debut in her native Italy in 1906, in Verdi's Rigoletto. From 1908 to 1920 she was married to the Marchese Luigi Curci, adding his name to hers. Galli-Curci visited the US for the first time in 1916, intending a brief stay. She proved so popular that she joined the company of the Chicago Opera (1916-1921) and then the Metropolitan until 1929, making her permanent home in the US. Convinced that opera was a dying art form, she quit opera stages in 1930 to focus on concerts and recordings. Her voice damaged by age and a throat operation, she made an unsuccessful return to the opera stage in 1954, the year she signed this card. Lightly toned around edges. Signature lightly beaded but legible. Faint stains on left margin. Otherwise fine condition.
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