ROSA RAISA - AUTOGRAPH 1920 - HFSID 44282
Sale Price $126.00
The Polish opera soprano signs her name on this card, dated 1920, in blue ink
Signature: "Rosa Raisa/Pittsburg 1920" in blue ink. 3¼x2¼. Rosa Raisa (1893-1963) was a Polish-Jewish dramatic operatic soprano. She fled Poland when she was 14 due to the pogroms, emigrating to the Isle of Capri, Italy. There Raitza met Dario Ascarelli and his wife Ester, who recognized her talent and potential and sponsored her at the Naples Conservatory. In 1912 Raisa was introduced to Cleofonte Campanini, a leading operatic conductor and impresario. He engaged the 20-year-old for the 1913 Parma Verdi Centenary: "Oberto, Conte di San Bonafico" and "Un ballo in maschera," and also signed her for his Philadelphia-Chicago Opera. After her Chicago Aida debut in 1913 debuts and successes followed rapidly for Raisa: a 3-month tour of North America, London and Paris. During the early period of World War I she made debuts at Rome, Milan (La Scala), Buenos Aires (Teatro Colón) and Rio de Janeiro. She returned to the Chicago Opera in 1916 as a well-established dramatic soprano and continued performing as well as recording. Toned. Otherwise, fine condition.
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