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News and announcements from our commercial site Tamino, at Includes things such as enhancements recently made, anniversaries, etc.. Anything related to Tamino – our website for Opera, Classical Music & Ballet autographs

Tamino Autographs: 11 Years!

Lina Cavalieri in Manon - Signed photoLina Cavalieri (1874-1944), signed photo as Manon (Massenet) - said to be one of the prettiest sopranos in her time.

On this date, December 28th, but exactly 11 years ago, Tamino Autographs appeared on the web! – It has been a long way since then – Tamino now offers books and prints, music memorabilia, unsigned photos and programs, totalling 9000+ items in our site online. Tamino Autographs not only is present in several important web markets and fairs, but is also the exclusive vendor of autographs to the Met Opera shop and the Juilliard Shop in New York, as well as provider to important institutions in the US and abroad.

Yes, it is a journey that took 11 years and counting, and all this is thanks to collectors – we would never have succeeded without their support!


Books & Vintage Prints – Now at Tamino Autographs!

Siegfried - Vintage Print Bayreuth 1876 PremiereSiegfried - Vintage Print Bayreuth 1876 Premiere

We just created two new categories in our site, one dedicated to music-related signed books, and the other to vintage prints.

The new BOOKS section will eventually be expanded to include more books, signed and unsigned, and not necessarily related to music, while the vintage PRINTS section is destined to include unsigned lithographs, engravings and other types of vintage prints, mostly related to opera, classical music & ballet.

These new sections are in the larger category of “Special Sections”, which also include Maria Callas, Enrico Caruso, Bayreuth Festival and Wagner subsections. These Special Sections are now more clearly separated from the rest of the categories in our website.

We are currently in the process of adding more listings to both Books and Prints, and anything new added appears – of course – in our Recently Added section, so stay tuned!



Feb/2017: New Autographs Listed!

Vincenzo Bellini autograph letter signedVincenzo Bellini (1801-1835), autograph letter signed, 1835.

In the last few months, we listed in our site many new, exciting items! As always, a full list is available in our Recently Added section.

Highlights from our latest additions include:

COMPOSERS: Louis Spohr, Piotr Tchaikovsky, Giuseppe Verdi, Gustav Mahler, Vincenzo Bellini (shown in picture), Mily Balakirev, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Leonard Bernstein, Richard Wagner, Darius Milhaud, Oliver Messiaen, Emmerich Kalman, Arvo Part, Paul Vidal, Edward Elgar, Cesar Franck, Theodore Dubois, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Richard Strauss, Giacomo Puccini, Camille Saint-Saens, Henri Rabaud, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Ildebrando Pizzetti, etc.

CONDUCTORS: Hans von Bulow, Hans Knappertsbusch, Herbert von Karajan, Leopold Stokowski, Erich Leinsdorf, Maurice Abravanel, Leonard Bernstein, Sergiu Comissiona, Carlos Kleiber, Clemens Kraus, Luigi Mancinelli, etc.

SINGERS: Teresina Stolz (text quote from Aida, by the role creator), Lorenzo Salvi, Pauline Viardot, Jose Palet, Hariclea Darclee (as Tosca!), Ofelia Nieto, Theodor Reichmann, Bernice de Pasquali, Pasero Tancredi, Henriette Sontag playbill, Rosina Storchio, Elisabeth Schumann, Mattia Battistini, Giuseppe de Luca, Georges Thill, Fritz Wunderlich, Giovanni Zenatello, Rosa Raisa, Giuseppe Kaschmann, Antonio Carrion, etc.

PIANISTS: Teresa Carreño, Wilhelm Backhaus, Arturo Benedetti-Michelangeli, Radu Lupu, etc.

STRINGS: Jacques Thibaud, Fritz Kreisler, Mischa Elman, Guila Bustabo, Joseph Pembaur, Paul Grummer, Christian Ferras, Jascha Heifetz, David Oistrakh, Alfredo Campoli, Henryk Szeryng Joseph Szigeti, Ricardo Odnoposoff, Zino Francescatti, etc.

Many new autograph items were added to our Autographs – INSTRUMENTALISTS category, a large collection of programs was added to the different categories with unsigned programs and playbills, a few hundred photos of singer autographs under $50 was also aded, as well as a few new Maria Callas autographs. A large amount of older listings are currently being updated, with larger, better quality scans and information.



10 Years of Tamino Autographs!

Tamino Autographs 10th Anniversary10 Years of Tamino Autographs!

Today, December 28th 2016, we are celebrating 10 years! It was on Dec 28th, 2006 when 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).


Just Acquired: The SW Autograph Collection!

Callas in costume for rehearsal of Medea at Covent Garden

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:

Callas in costume, during a rehearsal of Medea at Covent Garden

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

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!.

Germaine Lubin extra large signed photo

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.



Just Acquired: The Enrico Aloi Autograph Collection

Autograph Collection

Some of the autographs we just acquired, including Maria Callas, Rosa Ponselle, Giacomo Puccini, etc

We are proud to announce that we just acquired a wonderful collection of autographs,

Some of the autographs we just acquired, including Maria Callas, Rosa Ponselle, Giacomo Puccini, etc

unsigned photos, vintage printed music and sketches that belonged to Enrico Aloi (1922-2002). A close friend of Rosa Ponselle, he authored 3 pictorial books about her, currently well-known in the opera world. He was also a highly skilled sketch artist, and – as the passionate opera fan that he was – portrayed many singers he met during his life.

This highly interesting collection includes over 100 framed autographs (some of them are depicted in the photo) and many unframed signed and unusual/rare unsigned photographs, with a strong focus on Rosa Ponselle.

We will be working on this collection in the coming weeks, and will start listing some of these items on our site – Stay tuned!


Tamino is today 9 years old! – We Added New Autographs to our Site

Camille Saint-Saens signed cabinet photo

Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921), one of the greatest composers. Signed cabinet photo.

On December 28th, 2006 our first website opened, with just 35 autographs and many unsigned

Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921), one of the greatest composers. Signed cabinet photo.

programs on it. We are happy to say that 9 years later, we became the largest site dedicated to sell opera, classical music and ballet memorabilia, with over 5000 items!.

Additions in the last few weeks include:

Autographs – Composers: Franz Liszt, Camille Saint-Saens, Charles Gounod, Irving Berlin, William Walton, Carl Maria von Weber. A Cosima Wagner signed portrait was added to the Richard Wagner section

Autographs – Conductors: Karl Bohm, -Hans Knappertsbusch, Rafael Kubelik and others.

Autographs – Pianists: Walter Gieseking, Solomon, Ignacy Paderewski, Van Cliburn, Jean Verd, Khatia Buniatishvilli, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Denis Matsuev, Zoltan Kocsis, Nikita Magaloff, Anatol Ugorski, Arthur Henry Mann

Autographs – Singers: Eleanor Steber as Vanessa, the role she created in 1958, Marian Anderson, Nellie Melba.

Also, over 100 autographs were added to the Autographs – Singers ($50 or less) sections!


Just Acquired: (La Scala Autographs)

Giovanni Velluti - Signed Concert Pass 1828

Giovanni Velluti, the last great castrato - Signed concert pass to admit one person, 1828

Tamino Autographs is pround to announce the successful purchase of, the

Giovanni Velluti, the last great castrato – Signed concert pass to admit one person, 1828

domain comes with the name and inventory of La Scala Autographs, located in Princeton, NJ. Founded in 1975 by expert autograph dealer James Camner, La Scala has been providing quality autographs to collectors for 40 years. With this purchase, we will have the domain, a nice inventory, and, more importantly, James´expertise helping us. We are very excited to also announce that Tamino Autographs now becomes the provider of autographs for the Metropolitan Opera shop.

Included in the inventory was this amazing concert pass to admit one person, signed in 1828 by the last great castrato, Giovanni Velluti – during the Bel Canto era and later, it was common practice for singers and composers to give away these notes offering free tickets to someone.


Just Acquired: The Roger Gross Collection of Autographs!

The Roger Gross collection of autographs

The Roger Gross collection of autographs

The Roger Gross collection of autographs

We are glad to announce the acquisition of the Roger Gross collection, one of the largest music autograph collections in the world.

Roger Gross, who passed away in January 2013, was both a  very dedicated collector and opera fan and a highly respected music autograph dealer and antiquarian. Reflecting his deep passion for music, Roger provided material to many famous institutions and collectors around the entire world. As a dealer, he unquestionably had the largest inventory of opera and classical music autographs in the world and was extremely knowledgable about opera history and singers world-wide, and a true expert in music autographs.

Roger´s work as a music antiquarian will certainly be remembered for a long time and has inspired many others – including us – in the art of collecting and dealing with quality music autographs.

Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924), gigantic signed photo – 20 x 25 inches! (50 x 62.5 cm) – probably the largest Puccini autograph photo ever. Part of this amazing collection.

Totaling over 50,000 items, our acquisition includes both his amazing personal collection as well as his not less incredible, vast inventory. Most items are autographs of singers, composers, conductors, pianists, violinists and ballet dancers. There is also a smaller lot of cuban music and composers, vintage prints and playbills, posters both signed and unsigned and more.

Collection is, for the most part, well-organized into labeled folders, and also includes some jazz-related material, and some framed material, such as this unbelievable Puccini autograph shown in the picture.

Needless to say, this is an immense challenge for any dealer to browse, curate and verify, organize, scan, catalog, list and last, sell and ship, but we love music and what we do, and we are not easily intimidated by challenges. As you might well imagine, there are many true jewels in the collection and inventory, and you will be seeing them at in the coming years. Stay tuned!