La Bianca, Ginetta - 1950's Signed Photo - Opera
"1950's - 7 5/8 x 10 1/8 (trimmed side borders)glossy B&W portrait photo, signed and inscribed in black ink. Two vertical surface folds, one left of her face, the other two the right, that disappear when viewed head on.
Bio: (May 12, 1934 - October 30, 2020) renowned lyric, coloratura soprano, just a couple of months shy of her 15th birthday, she made her debut as Gilda in Rigoletto in the Italian City of Velletri. Less than two months later, she appeared as Rosina in the Barber of Seville at the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome. These accomplishments garnered her recognition in the Guinness World Records 2010 as the youngest opera singer in history.
In addition to the Rome Royal Opera Company, Ginetta performed with several companies throughout her career including La Scala Opera, the International Grand Opera of Sidney, the Philadelphia Opera at the Tanglewood Institute, the Cincinnati Opera, the Central City Opera, and others. She also performed multiple times at Carnegie Hall, where she made her first appearance at age 17. In Milan, Ginetta was the first prize recipient of the 7th International Competition for Opera Singers. In 1973, she was invited by President Richard Nixon to perform at the White House at an event in honor of Emperor Haile Selassie.
In her later years, Ginetta shared her extraordinary gifts and expertise at master and private classes with skilled and aspiring musicians. "