PIETRO MASCAGNI - MENU SIGNED CIRCA 1922 CO-SIGNED BY: GILDA DALLA RIZZA - HFSID 166521
Sale Price $450.00
PIETRO MASCAGNI, CO-SIGNED BY: GILDA DALLA RIZZA
Menu from a 1922 Buenos Aires production of opera composer Pietro Mascagni's second-to-last opera Piccolo Marat, signed by Mascagni and by soprano Gilda Dalla Rizza with two other signatures. Dalla Rizza created the role of Mariella at the 1921 debut of Piccolo Marat in Rome. Under his printed photo on the menu appears a printed musical manuscript.
Menu signed "P Mascagni" under a photo of him and "Gilda Dalla Rizza" with two unidentified signatures. B/w, 4 pages, 4½x7½, 1 sheet folded, front and verso, printed on cardstock. Menu from a June 10, 1922 prodcution of Mascagni's Piccolo Marat in Buenos Aires, Argentina. On facing page, the menu features a printed photo of Mascagni and a printed copy of a musical manuscript by him. Dalla Rizza created the role of Mariella at the 1921 debut of Piccolo Marat in Rome. Composer and conductor MASCAGNI (1863-1945, born in Livorno, Italy) was thrust into fame by fate. His one act opera Cavalleria rusticana had been submitted to a local contest by his wife, without his knowledge. The opera, the fourth act of his ambitious Ratcliff, received thunderous applause, and the opera, which was staged in Rome in 1890, thrust him into the spotlight. Unfortunately, although Mascagni wrote a number of other operas, none achieved the success of Cavalleria rusticana, but the composer also enjoyed a following as a conductor of operas. RIZZA (1892-1975, born in Verona, Italy) was an Italian opera singer and one of Giacomo Puccini's favorite sopranos (she created the role of Magda in his La Rondine, 1917). A better actor than singer, Dalla Rizza debuted in Bologna in 1912 as Charlotte in Jules Massenet's Werther and went on to become a favorite in Monte Carlo and the Teatro alla Scala. She is considered an important interpreter of Riccardo Zandonai's work, especially his Francesca de Rimini. She retired from music in 1939, when she joined the faculty at the Conservatorio Benedetto Marcello in Venice (1939-1959). Lightly toned, soiled and creased. Lightly torn at top and bottom edges of menu and spine. Light impression on cover from photo. Otherwise, in fine condition.
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