Bust-length photograph signed "G Martinelli," dated February 1937, and inscribed to Clarence E. Krause

MARTINELLI, Giovanni 1885-1969


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Ca. 239 x 182 mm.Slightly worn and soiled; small area at lower left creased; small annotation in ink "1804 RKO Bldg." to verso. Martinelli, an Italian tenor, sang for thirty one consecutive seasons at the Metropolitan opera, appearing in 926 performances in a total of 38 operas there. "Over the years Martinelli developed an unimpeachable technique and scrupulous style, and after the death of Caruso became the leading exponent of such dramatic and heroic roles as Verdi's Manrico, Radames, Don Alvaro and, eventually, Otello. He displayed his skills as a singing actor in the roles of Samson and Eléazar (La Juive). The clarion ring of his upper register, the distinctness and purity of his declamation and the sustained legato phrasing made possible by remarkable breath control were the outstanding features of his mature style; he retained his vocal powers to an advanced age, making his final appearances as Emperor Altoum (Turandot) as late as 1967." Desmond Shawe-Taylor and Alan Blyth in Grove Music Online. Bookseller Inventory # 23867

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