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EUGENE HOLMES - INSCRIBED MAGAZINE ARTICLE SIGNED CIRCA 1975 CO-SIGNED BY: LILI CHOOKASIAN, RICHARD KNESS, RACHEL MATHES - HFSID 76161

The famous opera singers sign a magazine article about the II Trovatore by The San Diego Opera as part of the 1975/1976 opera season, which the company dedicated to Maestro Walter Herbert

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EUGENE HOLMES, LILI CHOOKASIAN, RACHEL MATHES and RICHARD KNESS

The famous opera singers sign a magazine article about the II Trovatore by The San Diego Opera as part of the 1975/1976 opera season, which the company dedicated to Maestro Walter Herbert

Inscribed Magazine Article Signed: "Hi Janis/Sweet coming back to/S.D. opera. Best/wishes!/ Eugene Holmes", "Lili Chookasian", "Best wishes/Rachel/Mathes" and "Joe Janis/Best wishes/Richard Kness" in black felt tip. 8½x11. EUGENE HOLMES (1932-2007) was an African American dramatic baritone who made his highly-successful San Diego Opera debut as Amonsaro in "Aida" in 1972. He was a leading performer with the Dusseldorf and Vienna operas, appearing in "La Boheme", "Don Carlos", "Salome" and "MacBeth" with the European companies. Holmes created national interest for his performance of "Koanga" in the Opera Society of Washington's presentation of the rarely-performed Delius masterpiece in 1970. As a member of the Metropolitan Opera's Touring Company, Holmes was a featured performer in more than 75 productions. A versatile singer, he was a popular recitalist in both classical and contemporary music; his recording "Holmes Sings Spirituals" won kudos nationally. Dieter Bross of the German Style Magazine, declared him to be the best colored Baritone of his time. Eugene Holmes was also in demand as a concert singer and in March 1990 he was awarded the German title "Kammersanger" (Chamber Singer) at the German Opera on the Rhine. LILI CHOOKASIAN(1921-2012) was an American contralto who appeared with several of the world's major symphony orchestras and opera houses. Holmes started her career in the 1940s as a concert singer but did not draw wider acclaim until she began singing opera in her late thirties. She arose as one of the world's leading contraltos during the 1960s and 1970s, and notably had a long and celebrated career at the Metropolitan Opera in New York from 1962 through 1986. Lili was admired for her sonorous, focused tone as well as her excellent musicianship, and because she often chose, against tradition, to sing oratorios from memory. Included in her repertoire were new productions and standard operas, such as "II Trovatore", "Aida", "Daughter of the Regiment", "Siegfried" and "Gotterdamerung". RACHEL MATHES was an American soprano who has been compared to the greatest sopranos of the Twentieth Century. A native of Georgia, Rachel studied at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna as a Fulbright scholar. Following notable performances of leading roles with the major opera companies of Europe, Miss Mathes made her highly lauded Metropolitan Opera debut in 1974 in the role of Tosca. She also appeared as Donna Anna in "Don Giovanni" and as Leonora in "Forza del Destino". She was featured in the "Ring of the Nibelung" presented by the Metropolitan last season. RICHARD KNESS(d. 2005) was a leading dramatic tenor with the Duetsche Oper am Rhein in Dusseldorf who sang major operatic roles with more than a dozen opera companies in Germany and France. A noted recitalist, Kness performed with the orchestras of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New York, Cincinnati and Washington. In the United States, Kness has appeared with the San Francisco Opera, the Houston Grand Opera, the Cincinnati Opera and the Boston Opera. At the Saratoga Music Festival he was featured as Dimitri in "Boris Godunov". In the spring of 1975 Kness joined the New York City Opera, where he sang a variety of leading tenor roles. Magazine cover creased and worn. Otherwise, article in fine condition.

 

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