INGRID BJONER - PROGRAM PAGE SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: JAMES LEVINE, JESS THOMAS - HFSID 76156
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INGRID BJONER, JAMES LEVINE and JESS THOMAS
Program page for a 1971 "Wagner Night" at the Hollywood Bowl, signed by soprano Ingrid Bjoner, tenor Jess Thomas and conductor James Levine
Program page signed "James Levine", "Ingrid Bjoner" and Jess/Thomas" on page 15. B/w with color covers, 36 pages including covers, 8¼x11, bound with two staples. August/September 1971 edition of Hollywood Bowl. Signatures on program page for an Aug. 17, 1971 "Wagner Night", with music from Tristan und Isolde and Götterdämmerung. Levine replaced the Los Angeles Philhamonic's Music Director Zubin Mehta as conductor. According to this program, Mehta was "indisposed" and couldn't appear at this performance. BJONER (1927-2006), also known as "Die Bjoner", was one of Norway's premiere sopranos. Bjoner was known especially for her interpretations of Strauss and Wagner; her performance of Isolde from Wagner's Tristan und Isolde at the Bayreuth Festival reportedly earned her three-quarters of an hour of applause. Originally trained as a pharmacist in Oslo, she pursued singing as a hobby, making her first professional appearance on Norwegian radio in 1956 and on the stage in 1957. Bjoner was a regular at the Vienna State Opera, Teatro alla Scala, the Metropolitan Opera and the Royal Opera at Covent Garden, among others, and was a popular performer in German opera houses. She retired in 1990 and taught at the Norwegian Academy of Music and Royal Danish Academy of Music. American conductor LEVINE, born in 1943, has conducted over 2,400 performanes (as of this biography) at the Metropolitan Opera between 1971 and 2009. He is also currently music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and has conducted for the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic (where he was Chief Conductor from 1999 to 2004), Chicago Symphony Orchestra, London's Philharmonia Orchestra and Dresden's Staatskapelle and at the Bayreuth Festival, Salzburg Festival and Verbier Festival. A pianist known for his technical precision, Levine is a regular chamber music performer and recital accompanist. Most people probably know him best as conductor for the Three Tenors performances of Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo. American lyric tenor THOMAS (1927-1993) was known for his interpretations of the title roles in Wagner's Parsifal, Lohengrin, Tannhäuser and Siegfried and of Walther in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and especially for his performance of Tristan und Isolde opposire Birgit Nilsson. He performed from 1957 to 1982 and was a regular performer at the Metropolitan Opera from 1962 until his retirement. Lightly toned, soiled and stained. Staples are rusted. Rounded corners. Covers are lightly creased. Front cover has light dent at top edge. Otherwise in fine condition.
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