BENIAMINO GIGLI - CALLING CARD UNSIGNED 1954 - HFSID 287895
Sale Price $162.00
Ink note on his printed calling card, accompanied by original transmittal envelope to a woman in Argentina
Calling Card Unsigned. Handwritten 9-word note in Italian, un-translated except for the date: "Year 1954". 4x2¼ card printed with his name. Accompanied by envelope postmarked in Rome, with typed address of a woman in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Beniamino Gigli (1890-1957) was the foremost Italian tenor from the 1920s through the 1940s. He made his professional debut as Enzo in La Gioconda at Rovigo in the fall of 1914 and his Rome Opera debut Faust in Mefistofele in 1916. Gigli, who began his extensive recording career at the end of WWI, debuted at La Scala in 1918 and first appeared in the U.S. the following year. Noted for his performances in the lyrical and romantic roles previously sung by Enrico Caruso, Gigli made his debut at New York's Metropolitan Opera in 1920 (as Faust) in November 1920 and sang every season there until 1932, appearing in 28 roles. His last public appearance was in Washington, D.C. in May 1955. Over his 41-year career, the opera star and popular singer of traditional Neapolitan songs also appeared in nearly 20 Italian and British films. Lightly toned around edges. Fine condition.
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