Giuseppe Taddei. Color portrait photograph with authentic autograph, signed in Wien in 1978.
5 x 7 inches. Fine condition. The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Giuseppe Taddei (born 1916) is an Italian baritone, performing mainly in operas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Giuseppe Verdi.
He made his professional debut in 1936 as the Herald in Lohengrin. He sang at the Rome Opera until he was conscripted into the army in 1942. After the war, he resumed his opera career and appeared for two seasons at the Vienna State Opera. He made his debut in London in 1947, at the Cambridge Theatre. The following year, 1948, saw his debut at the Salzburg Festival, La Scala in Milan, and the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples.
His American debut took place at the San Francisco Opera in 1957, followed by the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 1959. He sang regularly at the Royal Opera House in London from 1960 to 1967.
His vocal longevity allowed him to continue singing into old age, including a debut at the Metropolitan Opera, in 1985, as Falstaff, at the age of 69.
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