George London portrait photo, hand signed.
The autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
3,4 x 5,5 inches. Very fine condition.
George London (1920 –1985) was a Montreal-born concert and operatic bass-baritone. Son of a Russian Jewish family he grew up in Los Angeles.
After many concerts with tenor Mario Lanza and soprano Frances Yeend as part of the Bel Canto Trio in 1947-48, London was engaged by the Vienna State Opera, with whom he scored his first major success in 1949.
In 1950 he sang the role of Pater Profundis in Mahler's Eight Symphony, conducted by Leopold Stokowski.
In 1951 he sang at Bayreuth as Amfortas in Parsifal, and reappeared frequently in the 1950's and 60's as Amfortas, the title role of The Flying Dutchman, and Wotan in Der Ring des Nibelungen.
He made his debut with the Metropolitan Opera in 1951 as Amonasro in Aida, and sang over 270 performances, both baritone and bass-baritone roles. He was the first American to sing the title role of Boris Godunov at The Bolshoi_Theatre in Moscow, at the height of the Cold War.
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