Italian basso, opera and Broadway star, notable for “South Pacific”
Autograph ID: 2993
Condition: Very good
Description: “(1892-1957) Italian-born basso, an outstanding opera singer of the first half of the 20th century. Spent 22 seasons at the Metropolitan Opera, appearing in 750+ performances of 50 operas with repertoire of 95 roles. He also sang to great acclaim at La Scala and at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden. His operatic debut in 1914 at Cremona. At La Scala, under Toscanini, his career blossomed. Met debut Nov. 1926 in Spontini’s La Vestale, with soprano Rosa Ponselle in the title role. Apart from the Met, Pinza appeared at Covent Garden 1930-1939 and was invited to sing at the Salzburg Festival 1934-1937 by the Bruno Walter. Retired from the Met 1948 and embarked on a 2nd career in theatre. In April 1949 appeared Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “ South Pacific” and “Some Enchanted Evening” made him a matinee idol and national celebrity. Appeared in Broadway production of “Fanny” 1954, opposite Florence Henderson. Appeared in several films, beginning with 1947’s “Carnegie Hall”. He also made a few MGM Technicolor movies including “Mr. Imperium” and “Strictly Dishonorable”, both released 1951. His final film appearance was in “Tonight We Sing” (1953) as the Russian bass Feodor Chaliapin. He hosted his own 1951 television program and in 1953 appeared in the short-lived NBC series “Bonino”. He also made several live 1951-55 television appearances.
9 ¼ x 6 December 5 1948 program for Boston Symphony Hall Celebrity Series concert by Pinza signed vertically at left of his program cover portrait.”
Type: Signed Program