NICHOLAS MASSUE - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH 1937 - HFSID 177425
NICHOLAS MASSUE The Canadian opera star poses in pinstripe suit and polka dot tie, signs name in white ink. Very rare! Photograph signed: "Nich. Massue/ Metrop. Opera House/ New York/ 1937" in white ink. Sepia, 8x10.
Sale Price $238.00
The Canadian opera star poses in pinstripe suit and polka dot tie, signs name in white ink. Very rare!
Photograph signed: "Nich. Massue/ Metrop. Opera House/ New York/ 1937" in white ink. Sepia, 8x10. Nicholas Massue (1903-1974) began to pursue singing at the age of 24, studying in Florence with baritone Mario Ancona, before making his debut as Giuseppe Massu in Lecco, Italy in Rigoletto (1931), which was critically acclaimed. He soon was being offered leading roles in major works such as Faust, Lohengrin, and Mefistofele; he took part in the premiere of Casella's La Favola d'Orfeo (1932) in Venice and of Zandonai's La Farsa amorosa (1933) in Rome. Massue made his debut with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City again as the Duke of Rigoletto and remained there for five seasons, playing various roles including Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor, the Astrologer in Le Coq d'Or, Cassio in Othello, Paris in Romeo et Juilette, and Parke in The Man Without a Country. With WWII, Massue's contracts in Italy were cancelled, and being very much the Italian artist, he withdrew from opera and renounced ever singing again. Toned. Light surface creases. Ink slightly faded. Corners rounded. Slightly soiled. Ink stamps on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.
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