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Margherita Carosio

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Category: Music - Classical
Reference No: 10097
Status: Available
Price: £40.00
  Margherita Carosio

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One of the great Italian operatic sopranos of the 1930s and 1940s, when she attracted attention almost as much for her good looks as her voice.

Carosio made her professional debut at the age of 16 and soon after, sang the role of Fyodor in Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov, with Feodor Chaliapin at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. This must have been a slightly bizarre operatic event, since she and the rest of the company, sang in Italian, Chaliapin sang in Russian, and the chorus sang in French.

During the 1930s and 1940s, when she was the toast of La Scala, scenes of enthusiasm said to be unrivalled since Caruso marked her performances. Fans would pelt her with flowers and the applause would last for half an hour.

Carosio is most often remembered today as the singer who inadvertently launched Maria Callas on her international operatic career when, in 1949, she was forced by illness to cancel a series of performances of Bellini’s I Puritani at the La Fenice opera house in Venice. Maria Callas was brought in as her replacement, learning and singing the role of Elvia in just five days, giving a performance which marked a turning point in her career.

This is a very pretty vintage black and white Italian postcard (5.5" x 3.5"), signed, inscribed and dated ( "To Richard Lorimer, sincerely, Margerita Carosio, 2/5/51") in blue ink across the image. In very good condition.