MARIANA (NICOLESCO) NICULESCU - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 203155
Sale Price $180.00
MARIANA NICOLESCU (NICOLESCO)
The Romanian opera singer is shown seated onstage in costume in this signed 5x7 black and white photograph
Photograph signed: "Mariana Niculescu" in black felt. 5x7 b/w photo. Mariana Nicolesco (b.1948), last name also Nicolescu, is a Romanian operatic soprano. She studied voice at the Music Conservatory in Cluj-Napoca. Upon graduation, in 1972, having won the Voci Rossiniane Competition in Milan, American conductor Thomas Schippers invited her to Cincinnati as Mimì in Puccini's La Bohème. She made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, in 1978, as Violetta in Verdi's La traviata, a role she has reprised over 200 times, later singing Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto (1978) and Nedda in Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci (1978-1986). She returned to Romania in 1991, after the fall of the Communist regime, singing for the first time on a stage in her native country, in a Concert at the Romanian Atheneum in Bucharest. Invited by Pope John Paul II, she sang Romanian Carols in the First Christmas Concert in the Vatican in 1993. The soprano part in the world première of Krzysztof Penderecki's Symphony No. 7 (Seven Gates of Jerusalem) was composed for her. In 2004 she was elected the Most Successful Woman in Romania. She was awarded the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity in 2004 and the Order of the Star of Romania, in the Rank of Grand Cross in 2008. She was also named UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2005. Toned. Corners rounded. Pencil note (unknown hand) on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.
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