GIOVANNI MARTINELLI - AUTOGRAPH 2/1937 - HFSID 31622
Giovanni Martinelli signs an index card in black ink in February 1937
Signature: "With best wishes/G Martinelli/Feb. 1937", 5x3 index card. In the year he signed this card, Martinelli returned to Covent Garden, where he had debuted in 1912 as Cavaradossi in Tosca. Italian tenor Giovanni Martinelli (1885-1969) appeared in 663 performances at New York's Metropolitan Opera, singing there from 1913 to 1946. Known for his longevity in the opera world, Martinelli, who became Enrico Caruso's successor in dramatic roles, had made his opera debut in 1908 (as the messenger in Aida) and sang his last performance in 1967. Over the years, he increased his repertoire to include most of the Italian and French dramatic roles. Although Martinelli stopped singing at the Met in 1945, he continued to participate in various benefit recitals there. Martinelli's last "full" role was as Samson in Philadelphia in 1950, but in 1967 - at age 82 - he sang the Emperor in a Seattle production of Turndot. Upper left blank corner slightly creased. Lightly soiled. Mounting adhesive remnants on verso show through faintly. Overall, fine condition.
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