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Beverly Sills

Autographed Original Drawing

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Beverly Sills (May 25, 1929 – July 2, 2007), American operatic soprano whose peak career was between the 1950s and 1970s. In her prime she was the only real rival to Joan Sutherland as the leading bel canto stylist. Original, vintage, pen and ink, "on-the-spot" illustration by George 'Georges' Krishizki. The hand drawn illustration has been signed by Sills and additionally signed, dated and titled by Krishizki: "Georges / 1972 / Beverly Sills singing Mozart's 'Exsultate, Jubilate' Motet for Soprano solo Organ and Orchestra, K 165."

Although she sang a repertoire from Handel and Mozart to Puccini, Massenet and Verdi, she was known for her performances in coloratura soprano roles in live opera and recordings. Sills was largely associated with the operas of Donizetti, of which she performed and recorded many roles. Her signature roles include the title role in Donizetti's 'Lucia di Lammermoor', the title role in Massenet's 'Manon,' Marie in Donizetti's 'La fille du régiment,' the three heroines in Offenbach's 'Les contes d'Hoffmann,' Rosina in Rossini's 'The Barber of Seville,' Violetta in Verdi's 'La traviata,' and most notably Elisabetta in 'Roberto Devereux.'

George 'Georges' Krishizki (March 22, 1924 – December 20, 2001), Russian-Polish-American illustrator who came to the U.S. in 1949. While he earned acclaim for his renderings of the city’s architectural landmarks, it was his on-the-spot drawings of musicians in performance that attracted an especially appreciative audience. In a 1973 article published in conjunction with two simultaneous exhibitions, Georges explained the genesis of his long-running engagement with the concert hall: “I’ve always enjoyed going to concerts, and one day I decided it would be fun to combine my interests in music and art and make sketches of musicians during performances.”  Indeed, the most remarkable feature of Georges’ oeuvre, apart from the astounding range of performers who gladly expressed their approval and appreciation by signing, is the skill with which the drawings are accomplished.

This original pen and ink illustration, measuring approximately 9 x 12, on heavy-weight sketch paper, is in fine condition with some light overall toning. Its verso is blank and clean.

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