SIR RUDOLPH BING - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH 6/1972 - HFSID 30004
Sale Price $252.00
Bing signed and dated this b/w publicity photo of himself from the chest up and in a dark suit-and-tie in 1972. This was signed during his last year as general manager of New York's Metropolitan Opera Company.
Annotated photograph signed "Rudolph Bing/June 72" in blue ink. 8x10 overall, 7½x9½ image, one surface. Bing (1902-1997, born in Vienna, Austria) was an English opera impresario. He was born to a Jewish family and emigrated to England in 1934 with the rise of Nazism. He was appointed the general manager of the Glyndebourne Opera Company in 1935 and, in 1947, helped to organize the Edinburgh International Festival, now known the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the largest performing arts festival of its kind in the world. He was named general manager of the New York Metropolitan Opera Company in 1950, where he remained until 1972. He guaranteed that company's ticket sales by booking Italian Romantic operas over other kinds of performances and more modern music, a move that earned him criticism. He was knighted in 1971. Lightly toned and creased, otherwise in fine condition.
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