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THEODOR UPPMAN - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 166798

THEODOR UPPMAN Signed b/w photo of baritone Theodor Uppman in the title role of Benjamin Britten's Billy Budd Photograph signed "Theodor Uppman". Pencil notations in unknown hand on verso. B/w, 7¾x9¾ overall, 7½x9¼ image, one surface.

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THEODOR UPPMAN
Signed b/w photo of baritone Theodor Uppman in the title role of Benjamin Britten's Billy Budd
Photograph signed "Theodor Uppman". Pencil notations in unknown hand on verso. B/w, 7¾x9¾ overall, 7½x9¼ image, one surface. Uppman (1920-2005, born in San Jose, California) was an American baritone. He debuted with the Northern California Symphony Orchestra in 1941 and won accolades for his 1947 performance of Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, which was also his debut role at the New York Metropolitan Opera in 1953. But Uppman's career stalled, and he gave up singing to become an oil worker in California. He was persuaded to return to opera to create the title role in Benjamin Britten's Billy Budd, which debuted at Covent Garden, London, England in 1951; his muscular physique and tanned appearance from his oil working days were perfect for the role. In all, Uppman appeared in almost 400 performances between 1953 and 1977 at the New York Metropolitan Opera. Lightly bowed. Reproduction and negative errors in image. Light scratches on image (not visible head-on). Otherwise in fine condition.

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