ELEANOR STEBER - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH 1943 - HFSID 29131
Sale Price $288.00
ELEANOR STEBER. Photograph inscribed and signed: "To Alexander Eddy/All best wishes/Eleanor Steber/43". B/w, 7½x9½. William Morris Agency, Inc. publicity photograph. Captioned at lower margin. A renowned soprano in the 1940s and 1950s, Eleanor Steber (1914-1990) was the first American to sing in the Beyreuth Festival in Germany following WWII. Steber, who made her stage debut in 1936, was signed to a contract with the Metropolitan Opera in 1940. She debuted there as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier (the opera would be the first Richard Strauss opera to be televised in its entirety in 1949). Steber, who sung Italian, French and German operas, also appeared on a number of recordings, and she made two appearances on Toast of the Town (later The Ed Sullivan Show) in 1950. After leaving the Met in 1961, Steber appeared in concert and in musicals, and she later taught at the Juilliard School of Music. Light stain (barely visible) at lower left touches the "E" in Eleanor. Minor surface creases (not evident head on). Margins trimmed away. Fine condition.
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