DOLORES WILSON - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH 1960 - HFSID 313393
Sale Price $252.00
A youthful image of the Operatic soprano, signed "With my best wishes"
Inscribed photograph signed: "To Arthur Francis/With my best/wishes/Dolores Wilson/[illegible]", in blue ink, B/w 8x10. Operatic soprano Dolores Wilson (1928-2010) sang mostly on European stages, but also appeared at New York's Metropolitan Opera, beginning in 1954. She was the first to sing the title role in the American opera, The Ballad of Baby Doe at the Central City Opera in Colorado (1956). She performed twice on the Ed Sullivan show, and sang on Broadway in replacement roles (as Golde in Fiddler on the Roof and Miss Hannigan in Annie) and original role in The Yearling (1965) and I Remember Mama (1979). In 1956, tempestuous diva Maria Callas, claiming illness, failed to appear for her final Met performance in Lucia of Lammermoor. (She had quarreled at the previous performance with co-star Enzo Sordello, whom she thought had tried to show her up by outlasting her on a note.) When Dolores Wilson was announced as a replacement, angry ticket-holders assailed the box office, demanding refunds. The police had to be called. Image bowed. Corners lightly worn and creased. Ink stamp on verso. Ink faded on signature, but still legible. Pencil note (unknown hand) on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.
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