Muzio, Claudia. (1889–1936)
Signed Root of Chicago doubleweight photograph of the great soprano, who has boldly inscribed to Charles Drumheller, tenor and longtime rehearsal pianist at the Metropolitan and Chicago Lyric Opera: "To Charles H Drumheller / souvenir de / Claudia Muzio / 1925" in white ink. Small diagonal tear to lower left margin, else in very fine condition. 8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm.).
Muzio was the most admired soprano of her day. Known not only for her magnificent voice and her dark-eyed classical beauty, she was hailed as a great actress and earned the nickname "The 'Duse' of Song," after the great Italian actress Eleonora Duse. She appeared for 7 seasons at the Metropolitan and appeared regularly also in Chicago, in addition to being highly in demand in Europe and South America.
"Muzio’s extensive repertory embraced all the leading Verdi and Puccini roles, as well as those of the verismo school – which last, however, she interpreted in a more subtle and refined manner than was usual. Nobility and sweetness of voice and aspect, together with intense drama and pathos, were marked features of her style; good judges thought her one of the finest artists of her time." (Grove Online)