Lisa della Casa: b/w photo (Arabella), hand signed.
The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Size: 5 x 7,5 inches, fine condition.
Lisa Della Casa (born 1919) is a Swiss soprano most admired for her interpretations of major heroines in major operas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Richard Strauss, of German lieder, and for her great beauty. She was dubbed "the most beautiful woman on the operatic stage". A colleague, lyric soprano, the late Anneliese Rothenberger, said: "She was like Liz Taylor!"
Della Casa sang the part of Zdenka in the performance of Richard Strauss' Arabella at Zurich Municipal Opera House to her revered soprano Maria Cebotari's Arabella in 1946. Cebotari recognized her talent and introduced her at the Salzburg Festival in 1947, where she sang Zdenka again in Arabella - starring Maria Reining and Hans Hotter.
In the same year, she made her debut at the Vienna State Opera House, singing Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto. Soon she moved to Vienna and joined the ensemble of the Vienna State Opera House. In 1949, she made her debut at La Scala Opera House in Milan as Sophie in Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier and Marcelline in Beethoven's Fidelio. Victor de Sabata, the musical director of La Scala at that time, tried to persuade her to move to La Scala, but she chose to remain in Vienna.
She has left several complete opera recordings mainly for the Decca label: her interpretations of Countess Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro (Erich Kleiber) and the title role in Arabella (Georg Solti) are still regarded as amongst the finest ever recorded.
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