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LILY PONS - AUTOGRAPH 1934 CO-SIGNED BY: MISCHA ELMAN - HFSID 100262

LILY PONS and MISCHA ELMAN Signatures by the coloratura soprano and the violinist in 1934 Signature(s): "memento of/Lily Pons/1934" and, on verso, "Mischa Elman/August 1934", in black ink, 4½x7¼.

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LILY PONS and MISCHA ELMAN Signatures by the coloratura soprano and the violinist in 1934 Signature(s): "memento of/Lily Pons/1934" and, on verso, "Mischa Elman/August 1934", in black ink, 4½x7¼. French-American coloratura soprano LILY PONS (1904-1976) first appeared at the Metropolitan Opera in 1931. The opera revived roles especially for her, such as Delibes' "Lakmé", Donizetti's "La Fille du Regiment" and Rimsky-Korsakov's "Le Coq d'or". Pons also appeared in four films, I Dream Too Much (1935), That Girl From Paris (1936), Hitting a New High (1937) and Carnegie Hall (1947). In 1938, she married conductor André Kostelanetz; the couple performed together until the marriage ended in 1958. Russian-born American violinist MISCHA ELMAN (1891-1967), discovered by Hungarian violinist Leopold Auer, was considered a premier violinist at his debut in Berlin in 1904. Elman, who performed in the U. S. for the first time in 1908, settled in America in 1911 and became a U. S. citizen in 1923. His performances are remembered for their rich expressive tone, and his temperament was passionate, which was reflected in his playing. Elman's gramophone records sold two million copies, enhancing his popularity as a performer in his day. He celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of his first American tour with a concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Lightly toned, foxed, creased and bowed. Light show-through touches both signatures, which are still legible. One edge is irregular, other edges are discolored. Pencil notations on both sides in unknown hand. Otherwise, fine condition.

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