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c1982 Royal Opera House Long Service Medal Josephine Veasey
  • c1982 Royal Opera House Long Service Medal Josephine Veasey
  • c1982 Royal Opera House Long Service Medal Josephine Veasey
  • c1982 Royal Opera House Long Service Medal Josephine Veasey
  • c1982 Royal Opera House Long Service Medal Josephine Veasey
  • c1982 Royal Opera House Long Service Medal Josephine Veasey
  • c1982 Royal Opera House Long Service Medal Josephine Veasey
  • c1982 Royal Opera House Long Service Medal Josephine Veasey
  • c1982 Royal Opera House Long Service Medal Josephine Veasey
  • c1982 Royal Opera House Long Service Medal Josephine Veasey

c1982 Royal Opera House Long Service Medal Josephine Veasey

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£500.00


Product Description

A rare and very desirable cased example of a silver medal, that was issued to the famous Mezzo- Soprano Josephine Veasey, for Long Service by the Covent Garden Royal Opera House.

The 55 mm silver non portable medal has on the obverse, the relief crest of the Royal Opera House. It is marked FOR LONG SERVICE and engraved JOSEPHINE VEASEY. The reverse has a relief image of the facade of the Royal Opera House, in Bow Street, and is engraved 'THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE'. The medal is in its blue case of issue. It is mint condition. The medal comes with 3 operatic photographs of Josephine Veasey, from her personal collection and a hand decorated presentation book from the Royal Opera House, celebrating her final performance as Herodias, in Salome and her career in general. It includes letters of thanks and signatures of all the staff wishing her the best for the future.

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 Medal box: 8.5 x 8.5 x 2 cm (3 3/8 x 3 3/8 x ¾ inches)
Size Book: 23 x 29.5 cm (9 x 11 5/8 inches
Weight: 388 g

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