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12 Autographed Photos of Met Opera Singers 1940- 50's
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 For auction is a lot of Twelve (12), 8” x 10” autographed photos of Metropolitan opera stars of the past. I will describe the photos as best I can and they will be sold for one price for all. They will make a fine addition to any art collection.  

   For auction is an autographed photo of Metropolitan opera singer of the 1940's & 50's, Lorenzo Alvarez.  The Photo is in very good to excellent condition with a bold crisp signature and normal age wear

  For auction are two (2) original autographed 8" x 10" photographs of the famous Metropolitan opera star of the past Emery Darcy. The photos are in very good to excellent original condition with bold crisp signatures. The photos have some very light creasing on some edges of the white border.  


 For auction is an original 8" x 10" autographed photo of the famous opera singer Conrad Thibault.  The photo was taken by DeBellis Studio N.Y.  The photo is in very good condition and has some wrinkles around the border. When framed this item will make a fine addition to any opera memorabilia collection.  I have gathered some information on the above singer for your reading: 

  Conrad Thibault, a popular baritone from the heyday of radio who lived in Far Rockaway, Queens  and was 83 years old when he died.  From the late 1930's through the 1940's, in the years when radio was supreme, Mr. Thibault sang on such network programs as ''Showboat'' and ''The RCA Victor Show.''

Mr. Thibault, who was a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia as well as the Juilliard School, also performed on television. He sang at the inauguration of President Eisenhower and performed at several White House functions.

In the 1970's, Mr. Thibault taught voice at the Manhattan School of Music and at Palm Beach Atlantic College in Palm Beach, Fla.

Mr. Thibault grew up in Northampton, Mass., where he sang in a church choir. His voice was admired by one of the town's residents, Calvin Coolidge, who encouraged him to apply for a scholarship at the Curtis Insitute. Mr. Thibault's coach and mentor was Emilio de Gogorza, the well-known baritone.

Mr. Thibault began his singing career with the Philadelphia Grand Opera.

He is survived by his son, William, of Largo, Fla.



For auction is an  autographed  photo  8" x 10" of famous Metropolitan Mezzo Soprano Blanche Thebom in excellent original condition.  The following is a brief biography of this famous star of the past.  Blanche Thebom was born: September 19, 1918 - Monessen, Pennsylvania, USA

The American mezzo-soprano, Blanche Thebom, born to Swedish-American parents, studied singing with Margaret Matzenauer and Edyth Walker in New York.

Blanche Thebom made her concert debut in 1941, with the Metropolitan Opera, as Fricka in December 1941. She made her Met debut in November 1944 at the Philadelphia's Academy of Music as Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde. She was the leading dramatic mezzo-soprano of the Metropolitan Opera for 22 years, created the American premiere performances of Baba the Turk in Igor Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress, the Mother in Strauss' Arabella, and Mére Marie in Francis Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites. In her 22 seasons with the Met (1944-1959, 1960-1967) she appeared in 356 performances, 28 roles, and 27 works. She also sang in various opera houses in America and Europe, with increasing success. The first American to sing at the Bolshoi Opera in Moscow, Blanche Thebom is also remembered for her Dorabella in the historic production directed by Alfred Lunt of Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte, and for her Brangäne on Flagstad/Wilhelm Furtwängler recording of Tristan und Isolde.

In 1967 Blanche Thebom was appointed head of the Southern Regional Opera Company in Atlanta. It folded in 1968. In 1968 she was appointed director of the opera workshop of San Francisco State University. Blanche Thebom founded the Opera Arts Training Program, a three-week workshop in conjunction with San Francisco Girls Chorus in 1988. She lives and teaches in San Francisco.


  For auction is an original  8"x 10" autographed photo of the famous Metropolitan opera star and television personality Patrice Munsel. The photo is in very good original condition with a clear signature and normal age wear. The following is a short biography of this very popular star. Patrice Munsel (1925-).  She is an American coloratura soprano, the youngest singer who ever starred at the Metropolitan Opera, nicknamed "Princess Pat".   Munsel was coached by Giacomo Spadoni, and first sang at the Metropolitan at age 17, in March 1943. She made her official Metropolitan debut on December 4, 1943 at the age of 18, singing Philine in "Mignon". Perhaps best known for the role of Adele in "Die Fledermaus", she performed 225 times at the Metropolitan. Sir Rudolf Bing called her a "superb soubrette", and implied that she was the world's best, though Lily Pons performed the role of Adele in the 1950 recording of the Met production.  Munsel played the title role of Dame Nellie Melba in the film "Melba" (1953). She also had her own television series "The Patrice Munsel Show" (1956–57), and appeared on many other TV shows.  In 1958 she ended her career as an opera singer, and began to perform in musical comedies.

  For auction is a  rare original dated and autographed photo 8" x 10" of the famous Salvatore Baccaloni who was a famous Metropolitan opera singer. The photo is in very good condition with some light creasing at the corners. The signature is very crisp! Below is a short biography of Mr. Baccaloni:   Salvatore Baccaloni was born in Rome. He studied with Giuseppe Kaschmann and made his debut at the Teatro Adriano, Rome, in 1922 as Dr. Bartolo. In 1926 he was engaged at La Scala, where he sang regularly until 1940, first in serious roles and then, on Toscanini’s advice, specializing in roles like Dulcamara, the two Bartolos and the buffo roles in Wolf-Ferrari’s operas. During this period he contributed significantly to several complete opera recordings by the La Scala company. He appeared at Covent Garden (1928-29) and at Glyndebourne (1936-39), where his Leporello, Dr Bartolo and especially Don Pasquale set a standard of excellence. He made his North American debut in Chicago in 1930 as Melitone and sang at the Teatro Colon (1931-41, 1947). In 1940 he joined the Metropolitan, and sang there regularly until 1962, giving 297 performances, mostly in the Italian buffo repertory. He sang Falstaff at San Francisco (1944) and made numerous tours of the USA. Portly in build and good-humoured, Baccaloni had a communicative gift for comedy and was noted for his musicianship; in his early years he displayed a rare vocal quality in his buffo roles.

 For auction are two (2)) original 8" x 10" autographed photos of the famous Metropolitan opera star Stella Roman.  The photos are in very good to excellent condition with bold crisp signatures and normal age wear.  I have included a brief biography of this famous opera star of the past for your reading.

Stella Roman (23 August 1904 - 12 February 1992) was a Romanian operatic soprano whose career brought her leading roles in Italy and the United States.


Stella Roman (née Florica Viorica Alma Stela Blasu) was born in Cluj, Romania. She came from a musical background, and studied singing for eight years before making her concert début in Cluj and then in Bucharest. She then won a scholarship to continue her training in Italy with the great verismo interpreter Giuseppina Baldassare-Tedeschi, of whom she later said: "her style did not really suit me".[1] Roman moved on to study with Hariclea Darclée (who had created the title role of Tosca at the première in 1900), and was much happier under her guidance: "she taught me the value of every word and phrase".[1]

Her operatic début was, by her own account, at Bologna in 1934 in the role of Maddalena in Andrea Chénier, (though other accounts mention a performance in Piacenza in 1932). She sang Tosca at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples which inaugurated a long partnership with the tenor Giacomo Lauri-Volpi. In 1937 she was offered a three-year contract at Rome Opera House by Tullio Serafin, and she found herself making a sudden début as Aida.

It was as Aida that she also made her first appearance at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1941, and she continued to sing there throughout the 1940s in the Italian repertoire: Il trovatore, Otello, Un ballo in maschera, Cavalleria rusticana, La Gioconda, Tosca. She often shared these roles at the Met with Zinka Milanov. She left the Met in 1951 after the arrival of Rudolph Bing as its general manager.

Stella Roman had a particular association with Richard Strauss, who chose her to sing the role of the Empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten for its Italian première at La Scala in 1940. She later went to visit Strauss at Pontresina in 1948 to study with him the Four Last Songs and the role of the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier, and it was as the Marschallin that she ended her career at the San Carlo theatre in Naples. She retired in 1953 after having married for the second time; her operatic career had lasted for 19 years.

Her voice was admired for its warm lyrical quality and its ability to deliver high pianissimi and vibrant climaxes, but her technique was said to be "unorthodox and sometimes hectic".[2]

After her retirement, she took up painting and her work was exhibited. She died in New York at the age of 87. 

   For auction are two (2)) original 8"x 10" autographed photos of the famous opera star and actress Rise Stevens, both in excellent original condition with normal age wear.  Following is a short biography on Rise Stevens.  Risë  Stevens (pronounced "REE-sah") (born June 11, 1913, New York City) is a retired American mezzo-soprano who captured a wide popular audience at the height of her career (1940-1960).

She studied at New York's Juilliard School of Music for three years. She went to Vienna, where she was trained by Marie Gutheil-Schoder and Herbert Graf. She made her début as Mignon in Prague in 1936 and stayed there until 1938, also appearing in guest appearances at the Vienna State Opera. Her Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier was one of her finest and most accomplished roles. She was engaged at the Teatro Colón in 1938 (again as Octavian) and was invited to the Glyndebourne Festival in 1939 where she was heard as Dorabella and Cherubino. In 1938 she made her début at the Metropolitan Opera as Mignon. Three days later, she sang Octavian opposite Lotte Lehmann. The singer's beautiful voice and attractive appearance led the film industry in Hollywood to produce several films with her, including The Chocolate Soldier (1941) with Nelson Eddy and Going My Way (1944) with Bing Crosby, the latter film crediting Stevens as a contralto.

For over two decades (until 1961) Stevens was the Met's leading mezzo-soprano and the only mezzo to command the top billing (and commensurate fees) normally awarded only to star sopranos and tenors. Her most successful roles there included Cherubino, Octavian, Dalila, Laura, Hänsel and Marina. She was especially celebrated for her Carmen, which she both performed and recorded several times. Stevens virtually owned the role during her tenure. Her combination of scrupulous artistry, rich vocal color and movie-star glamour earned her the adulation of a wide public beyond the Met's stage, and she frequently appeared on the nascent medium of television. She also appeared in Paris, London, at La Scala and at Glyndebourne. Her last performance was as Carmen, at the Met in 1961. In 1962, she recorded the voice of Glinda for Journey Back to Oz, but the film was not released until the early 1970s. After her retirement from the opera stage, Stevens served as General Manager of the Metropolitan Opera Touring Company until 1966 and later coached the new generation of singers at the Met.

In honor of Stevens' vast influence on American vocal music, on October 22, 1977 she was awarded the prestigious University of Pennsylvania Glee Club Award of Merit[1]. Established in 1964, this award sought "to bring a declaration of appreciation to an individual each year that has made a significant contribution to the world of music and helped to create a climate in which our talents may find valid expression."

She is the mother of the actor Nicolas Surovy.

  An original 8" x 10" autographed photo of former opera star Audrey Bowman an American dramatic soprano from the 1940's and 50's. The Photo is in very good to excellent condition with bold crisp signatures and normal age wear.

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