Schipa, Tito. (1888–1965)
Signed Photograph from the Ravinia Festival
Signed doubleweight Lumiere of NY photograph of the great Italian tenor, the "outstanding 'tenore di grazia' of his generation." (Grove) Captured in striking profile, Schipa has inscribed to Charles Drumheller, tenor and longtime rehearsal pianist at the Metropolitan and Chicago Lyric Opera: "To Mr. / Charles / Drumheller / compliments / of / Tito Schipa / Ravinia 1923." Pinhole to upper margin, light spotting to lower left corner, else in very fine condition. 8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm.).
"First opened on August 15, 1904, Ravinia remains the oldest and most programmatically diverse music festival in North America, attracting about 600,000 guests to over 120 events each year...From 1919 through 1931, Ravinia was known as the 'summer opera capital of the world,' welcoming to its stage the most-celebrated singers from Europe who sailed to America to perform at the Met and were in no hurry to make that arduous return voyage...Ravinia continues to attract headline-making artists from all genres of music." ("History of Ravinia," www.ravinia.org)