Luisa Tetrazzini

Luisa Tetrazzini

Reference number:

9675C
£128.00

Description:

An original RMS Berengaria notelet page, clearly signed in ink Souvenir from Luisa Tetrazzini Berengaria 28th May 1932

Certification:

One of a fine collection of original circa 1920-30s Cunard RMS Berengaria signed cards obtained by a Miss Brain who was a stewardess on board this famous cruise-liner. RMS Berengaria was originally named the SS Impersonator (built for the Hamburg America Line) and first launched in 1912. At the time of her completion (in June 1913) she was the largest passenger ship in the world, surpassing the RMS Olympic and her sister ship RMS Titanic by 24ft. During World War 1, she remained in port in Hamburg ; after the war she was briefly commissioned by the US Navy as a troop transport ship (USS Imperator). Following her US Navy Service, her name was changed to "RMS Berengaria" and she was handed over to Britain's Cunard Line as part of war reparations. She became their flagship cruise-liner between 1919-1934. She was retired in 1938 and later sold to Sir John Jarvis to be broken up and scrapped on the Tyne between 1939-1946. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA

Size:

20x13cm Sized Page

Condition:

Fair. View Image. Minor folds. No tears

Luisa Tetrazzini

Reference number:

9675B
£128.00

Description:

An original RMS Berengaria notelet page, clearly signed in ink Souvenir from Luisa Tetrazzini Berengaria 28th May 1932

Certification:

One of a fine collection of original circa 1920-30s Cunard RMS Berengaria signed cards obtained by a Miss Brain who was a stewardess on board this famous cruise-liner. RMS Berengaria was originally named the SS Impersonator (built for the Hamburg America Line) and first launched in 1912. At the time of her completion (in June 1913) she was the largest passenger ship in the world, surpassing the RMS Olympic and her sister ship RMS Titanic by 24ft. During World War 1, she remained in port in Hamburg ; after the war she was briefly commissioned by the US Navy as a troop transport ship (USS Imperator). Following her US Navy Service, her name was changed to "RMS Berengaria" and she was handed over to Britain's Cunard Line as part of war reparations. She became their flagship cruise-liner between 1919-1934. She was retired in 1938 and later sold to Sir John Jarvis to be broken up and scrapped on the Tyne between 1939-1946. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA

Size:

20x13cm Sized Page

Condition:

Average. View Image. Minor folds. No tears

Luisa Tetrazzini

Reference number:

9675A
£120.00

Description:

A lovely original 1932 promo-postcard, clearly signed and dated in ink by Luisa Tetrazzini

Certification:

One of a fine collection of original circa 1920-30s Cunard RMS Berengaria signed cards obtained by a Miss Brain who was a stewardess on board this famous cruise-liner. RMS Berengaria was originally named the SS Impersonator (built for the Hamburg America Line) and first launched in 1912. At the time of her completion (in June 1913) she was the largest passenger ship in the world, surpassing the RMS Olympic and her sister ship RMS Titanic by 24ft. During World War 1, she remained in port in Hamburg ; after the war she was briefly commissioned by the US Navy as a troop transport ship (USS Imperator). Following her US Navy Service, her name was changed to "RMS Berengaria" and she was handed over to Britain's Cunard Line as part of war reparations. She became their flagship cruise-liner between 1919-1934. She was retired in 1938 and later sold to Sir John Jarvis to be broken up and scrapped on the Tyne between 1939-1946. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA

Size:

14x9cm Sized Postcard

Condition:

Good. View Image

Luisa Tetrazzini

Reference number:

9430
£98.00

Description:

A lovely original vintage 1934 autograph book page, clearly signed in ink by ; Luisa Tetrazzini d1940 (soprano) / Ivor Newton d1981 (piano) and Lisa Minghetti d1961 (violin)

Certification:

From the vintage 1930-40s autograph book of Marjorie Heywood of Huddersfield. Her book contained over 100 notable musicians / composers / opera-singers / conductors and entertainers of the period. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA. 

Size:

15x13cm Sized Autograph Book Page

Condition:

Good. View Image.

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About Luisa Tetrazzini

Luisa Tetrazzini

LUISA TETRAZZINI d1940. Internationally famous Italian coloratura soprano singer. Her voice was remarkable for its phenomenal flexibility, thrust, steadiness and thrilling tone. She enjoyed a highly successful operatic and concert career in Europe and America from the 1890s through to the 1920s, but her final years were marred by poverty and ill health. She had a bitter feud with Nellie Melba (whilst at Covent Garden) but was generally well liked by other colleagues, especially Enrico Caruso with whom she was close friends. Adelina Patti, the premiere soprano of an earlier generation and not known for generosity towards other singers, was a great admirer of Tetrazzini's singing and made a point to attend & loudly applaud the younger soprano's performances. After World War I, Tetrazzini largely abandoned the opera stage for the concert platform. She was less fortunate in her three marriages than in her career. Her third husband rapidly dissipated the considerable fortune she had amassed, forcing her to continue to give concerts long after her voice had deteriorated. Her last years were spent in financial difficulty and declining health. However, the soprano remained cheerful and lovable, despite her reduced circumstances. She would often say, "I am old, I am fat, but I am still Tetrazzini." She died in Milan aged 68 on 28th April 1940. The state paid for her funeral.

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