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de Nunzio (Edna Smith) Papers and Photographs on the San Francisco Opera

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The outstanding feature of these papers is the one hundred autographed and inscribed photographs addressed to Edna Smith de Nunzio from many of the most illustrious singers, conductors, and directors active in the twenties and thirties. Her association with the San Francisco Opera in the twenties is documented through photos of many SFO associates, including Gaetano Merola, Alfred Hertz, Louis D'Angelo, Beniamino Gigli, Louise Homer, Giovanni Martinelli, Claudia Muzio, Elizabeth Rethberg, Tito Schipa, and Lawrence Tibbitt. During the same years, she compiled two autograph albums filled with the inscriptions of many of these individuals and other opera luminaries of equal importance. There are 24 letters in the papers, some illuminating particular facets of her life and career. Programs, posters, and clippings from her performances in San Francisco and in Italy are also included. A unique autograph in the collection is one by Puccini sent to de Nunzio by George Maxwell, former president of the American Association of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, with a letter identifying the autograph.


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