Original bust-length photograph by Carlo Edwards, New York, of the celebrated Italian tenor with hat and cravat
GIGLI, Beniamino 1890-1957
Price: 125.00 USD
With name and address of photographer embossed to lower right corner. Ca. 250 x 187 mm. Corners slightly worn; annotations in pencil and red ink to verso. "In 1914 [Gigli] won an international competition at Parma, and on 14 October that year made a successful début in La Gioconda at Rovigo. In 1915 his Faust in Boito's Mefistofele was highly appreciated at Bologna under Serafin and at Naples under Mascagni. Spain was the scene of his first successes abroad, in 1917. The climax of his early career was his appearance in the memorial performance of Mefistofele at La Scala on 19 November 1918. On 26 November 1920 he made a brilliant début (again in Mefistofele) at the Metropolitan Opera, where he remained as principal tenor for 12 consecutive seasons, singing no fewer than 28 of his total of 60 roles." Desmond Shawe-Taylor and Alan Blyth in Grove Music Online.