Eames-Story, Emma


1892 autograph sentiment signed by the American soprano, sang at the Metropolitan Opera 1891-1909, at Covent Garden 1891-1901



Autograph ID: 6696
Condition: Very good, slight horizontal fold, slight mount remnant right side verso
Description: “(1865-1952) American soprano renowned for the beauty of her voice, sang major lyric and lyric-dramatic roles in opera. She had an important career in New York, London and Paris during the last decade of the 19th century and early in the 20th century. Eames made her professional operatic debut in Gounod’s “Romeo et Juliette” at the Paris Opera’s Palais Garnier in 1889. She sang Juliette many times in the next 2 years, adding other leading French opera parts to her repertoire. She left the company in 1891 and later that year debuted at the Metropolitan Opera in her trademark role as Juliette and quickly became a Met audience favorite,singing regularly there in a variety of operas to 1909 when a dispute with management led to her departure. Eames also had successful appearances at London’s Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, singing there intermittently 1891-1901 and rivaled Covent Garden’s reigning diva, Nellie Melba, whom she heartily disliked. Eames also sang in Madrid and had lucrative engagements at Monaco’s Monte Carlo Opera during the 1890s. In 1906, she visited San Francisco with a touring troupe of leading Met singers, inc. Caruso. She survived unscathed from the earthquake and fire which damaged her hotel. Eames gave her farewell opera performances in 1911-12 with the Boston opera company. She did a series of US concert tours appearing in recital for the last time in 1916. Her autobiography was published in 1929. In addition to “Tosca” and “Romeo et Juliette”, Eames’ repertoire featured works by Mozart through Verdi and Wagner, and Mascagni. She married twice: to society painter Julian Russell Story 1891-1907, then to concert baritone Emilio de Gogorza 1911-36, with whom she made some duet recordings. Both marriages ended in divorce. At her death, she left an estate equivalent to $4.64M in 2017 dollars.

5 x 4 ½ autograph sentiment (“Yours Sincerely”) signed as “Emma Eames-Story”, Philadelphia, February 12 1892..”
Type: Autograph Sentiment Signed

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