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A collection of Large Photos & Letters of Josephine Veasey Opera
  • A collection of Large Photos & Letters of Josephine Veasey Opera
  • A collection of Large Photos & Letters of Josephine Veasey Opera
  • A collection of Large Photos & Letters of Josephine Veasey Opera
  • A collection of Large Photos & Letters of Josephine Veasey Opera
  • A collection of Large Photos & Letters of Josephine Veasey Opera
  • A collection of Large Photos & Letters of Josephine Veasey Opera
  • A collection of Large Photos & Letters of Josephine Veasey Opera
  • A collection of Large Photos & Letters of Josephine Veasey Opera
  • A collection of Large Photos & Letters of Josephine Veasey Opera
  • A collection of Large Photos & Letters of Josephine Veasey Opera
  • A collection of Large Photos & Letters of Josephine Veasey Opera
  • A collection of Large Photos & Letters of Josephine Veasey Opera
  • A collection of Large Photos & Letters of Josephine Veasey Opera
  • A collection of Large Photos & Letters of Josephine Veasey Opera

A collection of Large Photos & Letters of Josephine Veasey Opera

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A good selection of 35 mostly large photographs of the renowned opera star Josephine Veasey CBE and come with some related paperwork, all having belonged to her The photographs are mainly 25 x 20 cm (10 x 8 inches) and are her portrait photos, her in opera performances and rehearsals, social events and meeting Royalty.

Most are in black and white, but some are in colour. The studio portraits show her as a very beautiful and striking woman. One of the portrait photos is a copy of her studio photo by Houston Roger of Sloane Street, London (We also have the original studio photo). The 35 or so letters are mostly concerning congratulations received for her award of the CBE. The condition of the photos and letters are very good. Interesting piece of Operatic history.

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: 21 x 26 x 3 cm (8 ¼ x 10 ¼ x 1 1/8 inches)
Weight: 660 g

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