Duncan, Todd. (1903–1998)
Signed Photograph with Program
Signed Steele Auckland photograph of the baritone, together with unsigned program for 1955–56 joint recital with soprano Camilla Williams. Program includes vocal music by Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Bellini, Leoncavallo, Verdi, Barber, Weill, Quilter, and Gershwin. Light toning and wear to lower left corner margin of photograph, image unaffected, else fine. 8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm.). Program in fine condition. 6.25 x 9.5 inches (15.9 x 24.1 cm.).
Duncan originated the role of Porgy in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess at the Alvin Theater in 1935. He made his debut with the New York City Opera in the same year, playing Tonio in Pagliacci, making him the first black member of the company. Also active in musical theater, Duncan's performance in Weill’s Lost in the Stars won him the Donalson and New York Drama Critics Award in 1950.