Tamagno, Francesco. (1850–1905)
Signed Photograph with Printed Visiting Card
Signed Falk of New York photograph of the dramatic tenor, who is shown in costume and has inscribed "À Mis. Cora Russell / F. Tamagno / 16.3.95" to verso. Some surface creasing, wear to lower right and upper left corner corner, spot of toning to verso, overall in very good condition. 4 x 6.5 inches (10.2 x 16.5 cm.). Together with a printed Visiting Card of the singer ("TAMAGNO"), in fine condition. 4.25 x 2.75 inches (10.8 x 7 cm.).
One of the most important tenors in the generation before Caruso, Tamagno became best-known as the creator of Verdi's Otello in 1887 (although Verdi reportedly found his legato, intonation, and acting somewhat lacking!). The role brought him great acclaim and opened the doors of the world's opera houses to him. He pursued a busy and highly acclaimed career that lasted for more than three decades, before slowing down in the early years of the 1900's. After Verdi's death on January 27, 1901, Tamagno appeared in a memorial concert on February 1 at La Scala with Coletti, Caruso, and Borgatti. Although Tamagno had a bullish physique and powerful voice, his chronic heart ailment caused his early death at the age of 55, in 1905.