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1908 Royal Opera Covent Garden Gala Silk Progamme
  • 1908 Royal Opera Covent Garden Gala Silk Progamme
  • 1908 Royal Opera Covent Garden Gala Silk Progamme
  • 1908 Royal Opera Covent Garden Gala Silk Progamme
  • 1908 Royal Opera Covent Garden Gala Silk Progamme
  • 1908 Royal Opera Covent Garden Gala Silk Progamme
  • 1908 Royal Opera Covent Garden Gala Silk Progamme
  • 1908 Royal Opera Covent Garden Gala Silk Progamme

1908 Royal Opera Covent Garden Gala Silk Progamme

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£300.00


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A beautiful, mint condition, 1908 dated Royal Opera Covent Garden Gala Silk Programme that was formerly the property of the renowned Opera star Dame Josephine Veasey.

The programme is for the Gala performance, attended by HM Edward VII and the French President Armand Fallières. The date of the performance was 27th May 1908 commencing at 9.30pm. The arias sung by the famous opera stars of the period include from I Pescatori di Perle and Faust. The cast includes Eva Tetrazzini and Nellie Melba. The silk programme is printed with a decorative border featuring pictures of the British and French coats of arms, cyphers and emblems. The silk has a tasselled edge and was produced by Finden Brown & Co. Ltd. The programme has been mounted, framed and glazed. The programme was bought at auction with a selection of personal items that belonged to Josephine Vasey. We include a photo of the singer, plus a letter to her.

Josephine Veasey CBE (born 1930) is a British mezzo-soprano, particularly associated with Wagner and Berlioz roles. She established a career as one of England's leading opera singers in the 1960s. Her teacher was Audrey Langford, and she started singing professionally as a member of the chorus at Covent Garden in 1949. She joined the more populist organization Opera for All to get solo experience. She made her debut as a soloist at Covent Garden in 1955 as the Shepherd Boy in Wagner's Tannhäuser, moving on to such dramatic mezzo roles as Preziosilla in Verdi's La Forza del Destino and the title role of Bizet's Carmen. Noticed and encouraged by Georg Solti, she began adding Wagner roles to her repertoire, notably Waltraute and Fricka in Die Walküre, the second of which she recorded for DG under Herbert von Karajan). Other major roles included Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde, Venus in Tannhäuser (opera), and Kundry in Parsifal. She also became notable for her portrayal of Dido in Berlioz's Les Troyens, Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde, Octavian in Strauss's Rosenkavalier, and Herodias in Strauss's Salome. Meanwhile, the versatile singer maintained her French and Italian repertory, including Charlotte in Werther, Marguerite in Berlioz's concert work The Damnation of Faust, and Verdi's Don Carlos. She was awarded the CBE in 1970. In 1972 and 1973, Colin Davis, by then director of Covent Garden, placed her in alternating casts for Les Troyens as both Dido and Cassandra. In 1976 she sang the role of The Emperor in the world premiere of Henze's We Come to the River. She had the reputation of being a ringing mezzo with the power to project over heavy orchestration, and she was known as a serious actress.

Size: 42.5 x 52 x 2.25 cm (16 ¾ x 20 ½ x 7/8 inches)
Weight: 2097 g

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