MARGHERITA CAROSIO - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH 02/07/1953 - HFSID 160096
Sale Price $144.00
Small b/w 4x6 photo by Luxardo of soprano Margherita Carosio in a black lace gown and large necklace from Verdi's La traviata. Signed in untranslated Italian in blue ink in 1953.
Inscribed photograph signed "A/Owen/Larri/[three untranslated Italian words]/2/7/53" in blue ink. B/w, 4x6. Captioned: "MARGHERITA CAROSIO/in 'Traviata'". Photo by Luxardo of Rome. It's a hell of a thing when you're primarily remembered for your understudy's accomplishments, but that's the fate of Italian coloratura soprano Carosio (1907-2005). She dropped out of a 1949 production of Bellini's I Puritani to perform the part of Brünnhilde in Wagner's Die Walkure, and her understudy learned her role in five days, electrifying the opera world. That understudy was Maria Callas. Make no mistake, though, Carosio was also a talented opera singer - one of the major opera stars in Italy before World War II and much in demand in her native country for her light coloratura voice. She debuted in concert at age 14 and in opera at 16 in the title role of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, and retired after almost 40 years in opera in 1959. In addition to playing Teatro alla Scala and houses all over Italy, Carosio also performed at Covent Garden. Lightly cracked, creased and bowed. Signature has low contrast in places but is legible. Light scratches and impressions on image. Otherwise in fine condition.
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