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Rothier, Léon (1874-1951)

Ensemble with Signature and Photograph as Mephistopheles

Total measurement of 12.75" h x 16.75" w. Very good condition.
Full signature on album leaf, inscribed "a Mademoiselle Renée Reiss en respectueux souvenir" and dated February 5, 1912, New York. Matted with an embossed Mishkin studio portrait showing Rothier in costume as Méphistophélès in Gounod's Faust.
A violinist who switched his training to voice at the Conservatoire de Paris, Léon Rothier became the pre-eminent French bass of his generation, following the example of Pol Plançon and Marcel Journet. His early years of singing in Paris included the world premiere of Charpentier's Louise, but he eventually moved to New York, making his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1910 (as Méphistophélès) and beginning a 30-year association with the company. He had sung Méphistophélès two days before signing this page from the autograph album of Renée Reiss, the young daughter of Met tenor Albert Reiss.
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