Phyllis Curtin, signed photograph

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  • Sold Date: Jul 06, 2009
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Phyllis Curtin (born 1921). American soprano. 8" x 10" photograph signed by Curtin. Inscribed to noted Colombian musicologist Otto de Greiff. Very slightly creased and stained.

"Curtin's first significant opera appearances were with the New England Opera Theater in Boston as Lisa in The Queen of Spades and Lady Billows in Britten’s Albert Herring , followed in 1953 by a début with the New York City Opera in von Einem’s Der Prozess . Her extensive and varied roles at the City Opera over the next ten years included all the major Mozart heroines, Violetta, Salome, Walton’s Cressida, and Susannah in Carlisle Floyd’s opera, a role she created (1955, Talahassee). Engagements in Vienna, Buenos Aires, Frankfurt and with the Metropolitan Opera (début 1961), La Scala and Scottish Opera in the 1960s brought her international repute. She made numerous recital and concert appearances throughout the USA and Europe and was particularly known for her singing of contemporary works, many of which were composed for her. Although she lacked the star qualities of more celebrated operatic sopranos, her singing was always much respected for its cultivated musicality, interpretative grace and vocal purity. She has taught at the Aspen School of Music and the Berkshire Music Center, and was a member of the faculty of Yale University from 1974 until
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