Forsaken Altars, The Autobiography of Marguerite D'Alvarez (Signed copy)
With Marguerite D'Alvarez's signature tipped-in to the ffep
First edition, hardback in dustwrapper. 22 × 14cm. 305pp.
This copy has Marguerite D'Alvarez's signature laid in to the ffep.
The autobiography of Marguerite d'Alvarez, the English contralto. She was born in Liverpool, and studied in Brussels, and made her debut in Rouen, singing Delilah. She made her first American appearances with the Manhattan Opera in 1909 as Fidès in Giacomo Meyerbeer's Le prophète. Following her season in New York City, she went to London to help Oscar Hammerstein inaugurate his London Opera in 1911; that year, she scored great successes in French roles. D'Alvarez subsequently appeared at leading European opera houses such as Covent Garden, and also sang in Chicago and Boston. She made one film, Till We Meet Again, in 1944; her autobiography, Forsaken Altars, was published in 1954, after her death in Alassio, Italy.
The book is in very good condition. The dustwrapper is in good order but has a faded spine and is now within a protective sleeve.