TITO SCHIPA SIGNED PHOTO, "To Robert McNabney, Sincerely, Tito Schipa, 1946", 4 x 6 double weight matte finish, portrait, of operatic Italian tenor with Chicago Opera Company, Metropolitan Opera, La Scala. In fine condition.
Tito Schipa (1889-1965) was extremely popular worldwide. He made is operatic debut in 1910 at age 21. In 1919, Schipa traveled to the United States, joining the Chicago Opera Company. He remained with the Chicago company until 1932, whereupon he appeared at the New York Metropolitan Opera from 1932 to 1935, and again in 1941. He also sang at the San Francisco Opera, beginning in 1924. From 1929 to 1949 he performed regularly in Italy, including at La Scala, Milan and the Rome Opera. Although he undertook concert engagements until 1962, Schipa retired from the operatic stage in 1958 to teach voice.