ALICE NEILSEN AUTOGRAPH
Alice Nielsen was born 1872 – died 1943. Alice was a Broadway performer and operatic soprano who had her own opera company and starred in several Victor Herbert operettas. In New York, Nielsen became a Broadway star in Victor Herbert’s The Serenade. Forming her own production company, Nielsen toured North America for three years before reaching London in 1901 in The Fortune Teller. Pushed by business conflicts, Nielsen abandoned her Company and left to study Opera in Italy. She eventually returned to London with Enrico Caruso and Antonio Scotti for a season of opera at Covent Garden in 1904. Their La Bohème was regarded as a masterpiece of ensemble performance. In the summer of 1905 Nielsen opened the Shubert’s Waldorf Theatre with Eleonora Duse in a joint program of related opera and drama. One night Duse would act Camille, the next night Nielsen woud sing Traviata. That fall Nielsen returned to America, touring in operas. She added Lillian Nordica and Constantino to her company. They made a winter season of opera in New Orleans for two years. After a week of Boston concerts, Eben Jordan offered to build the Boston Opera House for Alice Nielsen and her Company. The plan was quickly realized. In 1908 Boston Opera House opened, the finest in America. The Boston Opera folded amid the turmoil of World War One. Nielsen was a popular recording artist in sessions conducted by Arthur Pryor, an old friend from St. Joseph, Missouri. Her concert tours were also popular. Nielsen was the highest-paid singer on the Chautauqua circuit, traveling in a private train car with entourage and dog. She sang in joint concerts with John McCormack and others. “I only sang the songs I wanted to sing,” she stated. Victor Herbert wrote four shows for Nielsen. After a brief return to Broadway in 1917’s Belasco-inspired “Kitty Darlin’,” with lyrics by P. G. Wodehouse, who was fired three weeks before opening, Nielsen married New York surgeon LeRoy Stoddard. She stopped touring, yet continued concerts until shortly before her death in 1943.
Original Alice Nielson Autograph, signed on cut paper (mounted on a slightly larger piece of paper). Written: Sincerley Yours Alice Nielsen. Approx. size 3 5/8 x 5 1/2 inches. Regular Price – $ 75.00 / Sale Price – $ 36.00.
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