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    Enrico Caruso at the New York Metropolitan Opera (250+) vintage glass plate camera negatives by Herman Mishkin. (ca. 1906-1932) Archive of vintage (250+) glass plate camera negatives ranging in size from approx. 5 x 7 in. to 11 x 14 in. of opera superstar Enrico Caruso by photographer Herman Mishkin. Enrico Caruso is probably the most famous operatic tenor of all time, and considered by some to be the greatest tenor of the century. Caruso fused a natural baritone timbre with a tenor's smooth, silken finish. He came to fame singing at New York's Metropolitan Opera for 18 seasons (1903-20), where he was loved and admired. A notable interpreter of Verdi and grand opéra, he was the first leading singer to recognize the possibilities of the phonograph, and made many recordings (beginning in 1902) which brought him international fame. Featuring images of the first global superstar, primarily in performance costume and in studio portraits from his tenure with the New York Metropolitan Opera. Including images of Caruso in La Bohème, Rigoletto, Balmasque, as "Dirk Johnson" in Puccini's Girl of the Golden West (a role written specifically for Caruso), Le Hugonots, Manon, Julien, Des Grieux, Lucia de Lammermoor, Samson et Delilah, Carmen, Aida and others. Also featuring images of Caruso in extraordinary theatrical costume as characters including such as the "Duke of Manuta" in Giuseppi Verdi's Rigoletto, the production in which he made his triumphant New York Metropolitan Opera debut in 1903, "Cavaradossi", "Radolpho", "Samson", "Julien", "Canio" from Pagliacci, one of Caruso's most iconic roles, and many more. With Met promotional images of Caruso in formal wear. The collection also includes a number of negatives of Caruso's hand drawn caricatures and cartoons. With many hand-retouched and signed in the negative by the photographer. Exhibiting some emulsion loss, scuffing, chipping and minor corner loss. Overall, condition ranges from vintage good to very good. Collection also includes vintage (30+) gelatin silver 8 x 10 in. sepia toned matte photographic prints of Enrico Caruso by photographer Herman Mishkin mounted to board and assembled in (7) spiral bound 8.5 x 10.25 in. albums, including views of Caruso in costume for many of his greatest roles such as "Canio" in Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo, "Riccardo" in Verdi's Un ballo in maschera, "Samson" in the 1915 production of Samson et Dalila, "Don Alvardo" from La forza del destino by Giuseppi Verdi in 1918, "Elésar" from the Met's 1919 La Juive by Fromental Halévy, and "Des Grieux" in the 1907 production of Manon by Jules Massenet. Also included are publicity portraits of Caruso ca. 1910. Many prints exhibit wrinkling. In very good to fine condition. Special shipping arrangements will apply.

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    September, 2015
    29th Tuesday
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