TITO SCHIPA - RECORD SIGNED - HFSID 112618
TITO SCHIPA Victor Talking Machine recording of Largo from Handel's Xerxes and Mascagni's Ave Maria, performed and signed by Italian tenor Tito Schipa Record signed "Tito Schipa" on label. With pencil notations in unknown hand on label. 11¾-inch diameter record in paper sleeve.
Sale Price $324.00
Victor Talking Machine recording of Largo from Handel's Xerxes and Mascagni's Ave Maria, performed and signed by Italian tenor Tito Schipa
Record signed "Tito Schipa" on label. With pencil notations in unknown hand on label. 11¾-inch diameter record in paper sleeve. Spanish-language recording of Largo from George Frederic Handel's opera Xerxes and, on verso, Ave Maria by Pietro Mascagni. Disc released by Victor Talking Machine Co. in Buenos Aires, Argentina. One of the most important lyric tenors of the 20th Century, Schipa (1888-1965, born in Lecce, Italy) had a voice that, while small, could fill even the largest houses. His power was backed up by a firm grasp of the nuts and bolts of singing, including dynamics and phrasing, for which he was also admired. (He reportedly could also sing in five languages like a native) Schipa was the son of a poor family from one of the poorest parts of Italy. However, most of his vocal training was paid for by the Bishop of Lecce, who heard his voice at an early age. Luckily, the Bishop of Lecce heard his voice and paid for his vocal training. Schipa sang his first recital in 1908 and debuted in opera as Alfredo in Verdi's La Traviata in 1910, and he continued to sing professionally until a final tour of America in 1962, singing in operas like Mignon, La Traviata, Lakmé, Rigoletto, Lucia di Lammermoor, Don Giovanni and The Barber of Seville. Many of his important parts were sung at the Chicago Opera between 1919 and 1940, often with Amelita Galli-Curci. Schipa sympathized with Italian fascism and was reportedly one of Benito Mussolini favorite tenors, and he appeared at functions in both Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany. Needless to say, his popularity suffered because of this after World War II, but he was back in his audience's good graces by the end of his career. Record has a large crack on one side but is in one piece. Lightly soiled, scratched and scuffed. Signature has low contrast, but is legible. Labels, stamps and adhesive residue on labels, which do not touch signature. Otherwise in fine condition.
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