10 Years of Tamino Autographs!
Today, December 28th 2016, we are celebrating 10 years! It was on Dec 28th, 2006 when TaminoAutographs.com was created online, with just 40 autograph photos, some unsigned programs from the Metropolitan Opera, unsigned photos and even some vintage binoculars. Since then, we have grown to be the largest website in opera, classical music and ballet autographs and memorabilia, with almost 7,000 active listings on our site. And with our commitment to provide them at great prices, with excellent customer service.
We are now members of ABAA, ILAB, The Manuscript Society and AFTAL, and our BBB rating remain at the highest point, being exclusive providers of autographs for important institutions in the US and abroad. Currently, we are adding 100-150 new listings every month, so don´t forget to periodically check out our Recently Added section and subscribe to our newsletter in our homepage (box on the right).
Julian Gayarre – The Voice from Paradise
Julian Gayarre - La Voz del Paraíso (The Voice from Paradise) by Oscar Salvoch
"JULIAN GAYARRE - THE VOICE FROM PARADISE" is a new book by writer and opera expert Oscar
We received as a gift this book (in Spanish) from the author - 970 pages with a very in-depth biography of the famous Spanish tenor, who passed away in 1890 just a week short of age 46.
Gayarre is said to have an absolutely wonderful voice and acting presence, and developed a fantastic international career.
Unfortunately, he left no recordings - and very few, rare and sought-after autographs. We highly recommend this great work.
Beautiful Memorabilia sold by the Met
Probably the most popular and celebrated memorabilia items associated with the Metropolitan Opera are pieces of the ornate Sputnik Chandeliers hanging in the main auditorium (see images). Now that the Met Opera is replacing these crystals with new ones, the old ones are for sale as souvenirs at the Met shop.
According to the website of the Metropolitan Opera Shop - the exclusive seller of these items - "The Metropolitan Chandelier, made of hand-cut Swarovski crystals, is inspired by the “Sputnik” chandeliers designed for the Metropolitan Opera House by Hans Harald Rath of J. & L. Lobmeyr, Vienna. The original chandeliers, given to the Met in 1966 by the Austrian government, are among the best-loved and most recognizable features of the opera house.
In addition to pieces of these chandeliers, the Met Opera Shop sells several varieties of original wall sconces in various sizes and dimensions also created for the Met's 1966 opening season at Lincoln Center. These too consist of Swarovski crystals by the same designer.
Tamino Autographs is happy to spotlight the sale of this unique type of opera memorabilia items as part of our own tribute to the Metropolitan Opera's 50th anniversary season at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Just Acquired: The SW Autograph Collection!
Callas in costume, during a rehearsal of Medea at Covent Garden
We just purchased a large collection of autographs and memorabilia! it includes 2 parts:
the first and most important part consists of nearly 100 autograph items of star soprano Maria Callas (1923-1977) - see photo - plus a quite complete collection of performance programs and playbills, and other memorabilia.
The second part has over 100 items related to the Bel Canto times, including autographs by Maria Malibran (including drawings by her), Giulia Grisi, Giuditta Pasta, Henriette Sontag and other singers of their time, plus a good amount of signed and unsigned photos of star soprano Adelina Patti, vintage prints, a couple of oversize autograph photos of Rossini, a Verdi autograph letter and photo, the playbill announcing the world premiere of Tosca in 1900...and much more!. You will see some of these wonderful items being posted on our site, please visit our new Recently Added section to see what is new - in other words, stay tuned!
News from Tamino Autographs! New Category, Items & More
Germaine Lubin extra large signed photo
We´ve been busy during the last month! And we have exciting news - In the last few weeks, we acquired Safka & Bareis Autographs, a company that has been selling opera, classical music, ballet and film for over 40 years. Purchase included their full inventory, you will see some of it in our website in the upcoming months!.
We also created a new category in our website, Autographs - Singers - Manuscripts, where we list autograph letters, music quotes, and all kind of autograph items from opera singers that are not photographs. Category already has 40+ listings, we will be adding more in the coming months, so stay tuned!.
Besides the fine tuning of the new Recently Added category (listing items that were added to the website in the last 30 days or less), we are currently working on a new feature: wishlists, so you can add items and keep track of them for purchase later.
Additions to our site in the last few weeks include: more autographs to the new section Autographs - Singers (Russia), some items to Autographs - Composers (Puccini, Leoncavallo, Grieg), 3 Toscanini autographs to the Autographs - Conductors category, a large photo-poster signed by Germain Lubin (see photo), shown in Lohengrin. Also a nice, large Enrico Caruso signed photo in Elisir d`Amore, and a new Antonio Scotti autograph in Tosca, plus many items to the Autographs - Ballet section.
Rediscovery of “long-lost” Granados opera
Portion of the score of Enrique Granados's rediscovered opera "Maria del Carmen"
For over two decades, the musicologist Walter Clark wondered what had happened to a "long-lost manuscript": the full original score of the opera "Maria del Carmen" by the great Spanish composer Enrique Granados. The original edition had supposedly been salvaged from a 1916 shipwreck in which both Granados and his wife tragically drowned. Nonetheless, all performances of this opera after 1916 until 2014 were of a reconstructed patchwork edited by one of Granados's sons. The original edition had apparently been sold in 1938 by one of their sons to a New York publisher. Finally, in 1970 this edition was reported to have been destroyed in a warehouse fire.
Clark was skeptical about this supposed loss, noting that no inventory had been conducted of the warehouse items. So as part of his research for a biography of Granados, he contacted the grandson of the 1938 purchaser. Eventually in fall 2009, Clark got some very good news: all three volumes of the score had indeed been located! Clark then acquired the opera for the University of California, Riverside where he is Professor of Music and Director of the Center for Iberian and Latin American Music. He has since overseen the full restoration of the manuscript which had suffered some significant smoke and water damage, his staff later scanning all of the restored pages in preparation for its eventual publication in Spain. This project was completed in 2014 and the full score has now been published by Trito, a publisher and record label specializing in Spanish, Catalan and Iberoamerican classical music. There is also a recording planned as well as performances in several Spanish theatres.
It will be interesting to see the popular and critical reaction to this revived score as it is not every day one hears about the revival of a classical piece missing for close to a century. For fans of Granados and of opera in general, this makes for a very exciting development in classical music and opera. Or as Walter Clark put it, "This is a 20-year detective story with a happy ending.”
Here is an extract of the rediscovered score of "Maria del Carmen":
Renata Tebaldi – Signed Handkerchief from Otello
Top: frame with Renata Tebaldi signed handkerchief used in Otello, with autographs photos by Tebaldi (left), Del Monaco (right) in Otello, and a cast page from a program (center top). Bottom: a larger view of the signed handkerchief.
Collecting opera and classical music memorabilia not always focuses strictly on the usual autograph photos, letters, books, programs and playbills. Over the years, we have seen many unusual items that can become treasured collectibles by the music fan. They include signed ballet pointe shoes, conductor´s batons - signed and unsigned -, magazine ads, violins and other music instruments, pieces of the old Metropolitan Opera building (will say more about this in a future posting), and even a signed fan.
Our collection is on display in our offices, and it includes this handkerchief signed by star soprano Renata Tebaldi (1922-2004) after a performance of Otello in 1964, the very same handkerchief she used on stage at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Otello was dear to Tebaldi since it was the opera of her debut at the Met in January 1955. We framed this item with a signed photo of her as Desdemona, and one of tenor Mario del Monaco (1915-1982) in the title role, plus an original cast page from a program for that debut night on January 31st, 1955 (frame available for sale, price after request).
May/2016: New Categories + Newly Listed Items
Fritz Reiner (1888-1963), signed photo.
We created TWO entirely new categories in our site!
AUTOGRAPHS - Singers (Russia) now with 90 items,
RECENTLY ADDED items (link is under the top banner, over the right). This category automatically displays all items added to our site in the last 30 days - currently with over 150 listings.
This new category will certainly make it easier for our visitors to find what we our latest additions are.
Additionally, new listings in:
STRINGS: Cesar Thomson
COMPOSERS: Charles Gounod, Anton Rubinstein, Sigmund Romberg
CONDUCTORS: Fritz Reiner, Sergiu Celibidache, Pierre Monteux, Dimitri Mitropoulos
PIANISTS: William Kapell, Claudio Arrau, Vladimir Horowitz, and others.
SINGERS: A couple of unusual items: a beautiful glove signed by star soprano Emma Calvé, and a handkerchief used in performance, signed by Joan Sutherland
Plus many photos added to categories Autographs - Singers ($50 or less)
Marc Chagall´s Poster “Die Zauberflote”
Die Zauberflote - Marc Chagall Poster 1966
We love when customers frame their purchases from us and send us a picture
Here is one of a poster we sold unframed, our customer was nice to send us a picture of the final product, beautifully framed.
Back in 1966, five thousand of these posters were created in France for the Metropolitan Opera. They depict part of the mural by Russian painter Marc Chagall (1887-1985) at the (then) recently inaugurated Met Opera at the Lincoln Center. Chagall even created a production of Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute) for the Met.
In any case, these original posters are nowadays highly collectible and sought-after by collectors, there are originals from the 1966 lith
ographs and high quality re-prints made in 1973 that sell for a bit less. We currently have in stock one of these Zauberflote posters, signed by Marc Chagall himself - please inquire if interested.
Mar/2016: New Autographs + New Category Added
French baritone (1848-1923), signed cabinet photo by Aimé Dupont, New York.
During the last few weeks, we created a large number of new listings on our site,
plus a whole new category:
AUTOGRAPHS - Singers (Russia), this new category has now listings of autographs from Russian singers, mostly pre-WWII, including many rare ones.
Many new items were added to the categories under Autographs - Singers (Under $50), we keep adding several dozen items to this categories every month.
- CDVs and Cabinet photos from opera singers were added to the corresponding section
- Two collections of unsigned photos of Mario del Monaco were added to UNSIGNED PHOTOS - Opera
- Autographs by Victor Maurel, Antonio Scotti, Margery Myers Booth were added to the Autographs - Singers sections
- A very nice, rare AMQS by Cesar Cui was added to AUTOGRAPHS - Composers and an Anton Seidl signed cabinet was listed in AUTOGRAPHS - Conductors
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