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ANNIE LOUISE CARY - AUTOGRAPH 03/26/1880 - HFSID 224514

ANNIE LOUISE CARY Card signed by the contralto in New York in 1880 Signature: "Annie Louise Cary/New York/March-26-1880". Pencil notations on verso in unknown hand. 5¼x2½ card.

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Condition: fine condition
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ANNIE LOUISE CARY Card signed by the contralto in New York in 1880 Signature: "Annie Louise Cary/New York/March-26-1880". Pencil notations on verso in unknown hand. 5¼x2½ card. Cary (1841-1921), born Ann Louisa Cary, was considered the foremost American contralto of the 1870s and was one of the United States' most popular singers. She made her 1868 debut in Copenhagen as Ulrica in Verdi's Un ballo in maschera, but she didn't make much of an impression on the States until she knocked 'em dead at her 1870 New York City concert debut with her rich voice, grand delivery of tragic music and surprising three-octave vocal range. Cary is most associated with Azucena and Amneris in the Verdi operas Il Trovatore and Aïda. She had a number of firsts to her credit, including playing Amneris in the 1873 American premiere of Aïda, appearing in the American premieres of Verdi's Requiem (1874), Bach's Magnificat (1875) and Christmas Oratorio (1877) and Boito's Mefistofele (1880). She was also the first American woman to perform in a Wagnerian role in the United States in an 1874 production of Lohengrin. She retired in 1882. Lightly toned, foxed, soiled, cracked and creased. Signature has bled and smeared lightly but is legible. Light tear in bottom right corner. Light nick in top left corner. Mounting residue on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.

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