Licia Albanese

Licia Albanese as Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” – Two Signed Photographs as Cio-Cio San!

(1) Photograph Signed “Sincerely / Licia Albanese.” Sepia, 8” x 10”. Minor mounting traces on verso. Fine condition.

(2) Magazine Photograph Signed “Licia Albanese” (6.75” long!). Almost circular image, 5” x 5.5”, cut from a magazine, affixed to an 8.5” x 11” sheet, folded and sent to Albanese to sign. One mid-horizontal fold, two light vertical folds. Toned at right. Fine condition.

Following her considerable success in Italy, France, England, and Malta, Albanese made her Metropolitan Opera debut on February 9, 1940, in the first of 72 performances in the title role of Cio-Cio San in Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly,” at the old Metropolitan Opera House. Her success was instantaneous, and Albanese remained at the Met for 26 seasons, performing a total of 427 performances of 17 roles in 16 operas. She was also a mainstay at the San Francisco Opera where she sang between 1941 and 1961, performing 22 roles in 120 performances over 20 seasons. In over 40 years, she sang more than 300 performances of “Madama Butterfly.”

Item: 55589

Price: $350.00
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