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Maria Callas Signed Scores!

Fabulous collection of scores that belonged to Maria Callas, each score in this section belonged to her personal library and is signed by her.

After Maria Callas passed away in Paris in September 1977, all the contents of her Paris apartment were split mostly among her mother and her first ex-husband, G.B. Meneghini. Most of her personal score collection went to her first husband, eventually ending in an auction by Sotheby´s in Milan, 2007, when a large lot of over 250 scores was sold to a collector.

These were the scores she used to study her roles!.

Of those 250+ scores, some have markings and annotations, around 50 were rebound with her initials on the spine, but only 20 were signed by Callas, usually on the first page, on the front end page (after the front cover) or on the cover - We are proud to offer some of the only 20 signed scores from that lot.

EACH score is provided with a PDF copy of the documentation from the original Sotheby's purchase in 2007, including the permit to leave Italy, lot description (original buyer´s information has been scratched for privacy reasons). See individual listings below.


(Item #: M7786-G30)
Score for this opera by Mozart, personal copy that belonged to Maria Callas.  Score bound with Maria Callas´ initials on the spine (MMC, from Maria Meneghini Callas, her first husband´s name was Meneghini, 1949-1959). Score with Italian lyrics glued over English and German text. Ink signature on title page, pencil markings in several parts of the score. For example, on page 2 Callas wrote "Costanza, p.41", her role and the page where she starts singing, on page 82 her ink writing is on top of her own pencil writing (end of the famous aria Marten aller Arten), there is more ink writing on page 85, on page 86 Callas writes p.106, here Costanza´s line continues. See most of the markings/annotations in the scans. Blue cloth binding with MMC on the spine, a score by Novello and Co., London, 166 pages plus covers, 7.5 x 10.1 inches, in excellent condition. READ MORE about the provenance of this score ---> HERE

$3,975.00 USD

(Item #: M7786-G30)
Score for this opera by Mozart, personal copy that belonged to Maria Callas.  Score bound with Maria Callas´ initials on the spine (MMC, from Maria Meneghini Callas, her first husband´s name was Meneghini, 1949-1959). Score with Italian lyrics glued over English and German text. Ink signature on title page, pencil markings in several parts of the score. For example, on page 2 Callas wrote "Costanza, p.41", her role and the page where she starts singing, on page 82 her ink writing is on top of her own pencil writing (end of the famous aria Marten aller Arten), there is more ink writing on page 85, on page 86 Callas writes p.106, here Costanza´s line continues. See most of the markings/annotations in the scans. Blue cloth binding with MMC on the spine, a score by Novello and Co., London, 166 pages plus covers, 7.5 x 10.1 inches, in excellent condition. READ MORE about the provenance of this score ---> HERE

(Item #: M7781-G30)
Score for this opera by Verdi, personal copy that belonged to Maria Callas.  Large, bold Maria Callas signature in red crayon at the top of the title page, and her role (Leonora) is underlined in the same crayon on the next (role) page. The role of Leonora is underlined in red crayon throughout the score, see example scan. Published by Ricordi, Milan, 1963, 262 numbered pages plus extras at the end, hardcovers, 8.5 x 11.7 inches, in excellent condition.

$3,650.00 USD

(Item #: M7781-G30)
Score for this opera by Verdi, personal copy that belonged to Maria Callas.  Large, bold Maria Callas signature in red crayon at the top of the title page, and her role (Leonora) is underlined in the same crayon on the next (role) page. The role of Leonora is underlined in red crayon throughout the score, see example scan. Published by Ricordi, Milan, 1963, 262 numbered pages plus extras at the end, hardcovers, 8.5 x 11.7 inches, in excellent condition.

(Item #: M7787-G30)
Score for La Sonnambula, signed on the title page, personal copy that belonged to Maria Callas.  Signature is in red crayon pencil, same one used to mark her role, Amina, over the entire score. There are also a few parts with notes scratched and brackets. See scans of the better example pages, not all markings are scanned. Published by Ricordi, Milan, 202 pages, 1960, size is 7 x 9.5 inches, minor wear on spine, in very good condition.  READ MORE about the provenance of this score ---> HERE

$3,975.00 USD

(Item #: M7787-G30)
Score for La Sonnambula, signed on the title page, personal copy that belonged to Maria Callas.  Signature is in red crayon pencil, same one used to mark her role, Amina, over the entire score. There are also a few parts with notes scratched and brackets. See scans of the better example pages, not all markings are scanned. Published by Ricordi, Milan, 202 pages, 1960, size is 7 x 9.5 inches, minor wear on spine, in very good condition.  READ MORE about the provenance of this score ---> HERE

(Item #: M7800-G30)
Score for an aria from the opera "Le Cid" (Massenet) signed on the front cover by Maria Callas, who recorded this aria ("Pleurez mes yeux!...", see video link below). No markings inside. This is Callas´ own personal score for this area, from her library. A total of 5 pages plus covers, signature is on the front cover. Size is 9.9 x 12.25 inches, wear on edges, in overall good condition. Only cover and first score page are shown here. READ MORE about the provenance of this score ---> HERE Recitative "Decet affreux..." (starts at 1m:31s), aria "Pleurez! pleurez me yeux! (at 2m:41s): WATCH HERE

$1,995.00 USD

(Item #: M7800-G30)
Score for an aria from the opera "Le Cid" (Massenet) signed on the front cover by Maria Callas, who recorded this aria ("Pleurez mes yeux!...", see video link below). No markings inside. This is Callas´ own personal score for this area, from her library. A total of 5 pages plus covers, signature is on the front cover. Size is 9.9 x 12.25 inches, wear on edges, in overall good condition. Only cover and first score page are shown here. READ MORE about the provenance of this score ---> HERE Recitative "Decet affreux..." (starts at 1m:31s), aria "Pleurez! pleurez me yeux! (at 2m:41s): WATCH HERE

(Item #: M7828-G30)
Score for this opera by Donizetti, personal copy that belonged to Maria Callas.  Score bound with Maria Callas´ initials on the spine (MMC, from Maria Meneghini Callas, her first husband´s name was Meneghini, 1949-1959), with Italian lyrics. This is a score used to study the role, and used for rehearsals, but is NOT SIGNED.  Callas underlined her role in red ink throughout the score, and made numerous annotations in pencil and ink. See scans of all the more significant pages. Green cloth binding with MMC on the spine, hardcovers, published by Ricordi, Milan, 1944, 280 numbered pages, 8 x 10.5 inches, in excellent condition. ALSO INCLUDED is a second score for Lucia, a much later edition (1969), signed on the title page by piano accompanist and conductor Eugene Kohn, who worked with Callas during the famous masterclasses at Juilliard School in 1971. Some annotations in pencil, published by Ricordi, 1969, 8.25 x 10.5 inches, 280 numbered pages, red cloth hardcovers, in excellent condition. A nice addition to the Callas personal study score! See the last 3 scans.   READ MORE about the provenance of this score ---> HERE

$3,850.00 USD

(Item #: M7828-G30)
Score for this opera by Donizetti, personal copy that belonged to Maria Callas.  Score bound with Maria Callas´ initials on the spine (MMC, from Maria Meneghini Callas, her first husband´s name was Meneghini, 1949-1959), with Italian lyrics. This is a score used to study the role, and used for rehearsals, but is NOT SIGNED.  Callas underlined her role in red ink throughout the score, and made numerous annotations in pencil and ink. See scans of all the more significant pages. Green cloth binding with MMC on the spine, hardcovers, published by Ricordi, Milan, 1944, 280 numbered pages, 8 x 10.5 inches, in excellent condition. ALSO INCLUDED is a second score for Lucia, a much later edition (1969), signed on the title page by piano accompanist and conductor Eugene Kohn, who worked with Callas during the famous masterclasses at Juilliard School in 1971. Some annotations in pencil, published by Ricordi, 1969, 8.25 x 10.5 inches, 280 numbered pages, red cloth hardcovers, in excellent condition. A nice addition to the Callas personal study score! See the last 3 scans.   READ MORE about the provenance of this score ---> HERE

(Item #: M7801-G30)
Callas owned score for Chopin´s "Nocturnes" for piano, no marking inside. Boldly signed on the front cover, score has 96 pages, published by C.F. Peters, Frankfurt-London-New York, 9 x 11.9 inches, in excellent condition.  READ MORE about the provenance of this score ---> HERE

$1,195.00 USD

(Item #: M7801-G30)
Callas owned score for Chopin´s "Nocturnes" for piano, no marking inside. Boldly signed on the front cover, score has 96 pages, published by C.F. Peters, Frankfurt-London-New York, 9 x 11.9 inches, in excellent condition.  READ MORE about the provenance of this score ---> HERE

(Item #: H0227-G30)
Score for this opera by Puccini, personal copy that belonged to Maria Callas.  Score bound with Maria Callas´ initials on the spine (MMC, from Maria Meneghini Callas, her first husband´s name was Meneghini, 1949-1959), with Italian lyrics. Callas signature in ink at the top of the roles page (nr. 2), red crayon underlining her role. Opposite to title page, Callas indicates "p.231" in red crayon, where the role of Turandot starts her singing part, and the role of Turandot is underlined throughout the score.  Callas added a few markings about expression in black pencil, see pages 73, 237, 238 and 241. See scans of the most significant pages and the spine. Black cloth binding with MMC on the spine, hardcovers, a score by Ricordi, Milan, 1944, 384 numbered pages, 8 x 10.6 inches, in excellent condition.   READ MORE about the provenance of this score ---> HERE

$3,975.00 USD

(Item #: H0227-G30)
Score for this opera by Puccini, personal copy that belonged to Maria Callas.  Score bound with Maria Callas´ initials on the spine (MMC, from Maria Meneghini Callas, her first husband´s name was Meneghini, 1949-1959), with Italian lyrics. Callas signature in ink at the top of the roles page (nr. 2), red crayon underlining her role. Opposite to title page, Callas indicates "p.231" in red crayon, where the role of Turandot starts her singing part, and the role of Turandot is underlined throughout the score.  Callas added a few markings about expression in black pencil, see pages 73, 237, 238 and 241. See scans of the most significant pages and the spine. Black cloth binding with MMC on the spine, hardcovers, a score by Ricordi, Milan, 1944, 384 numbered pages, 8 x 10.6 inches, in excellent condition.   READ MORE about the provenance of this score ---> HERE

(Item #: M7822-G30)
Score for Un Ballo in Maschera, signed on the title page, personal copy that belonged to Maria Callas.  Callas´ signature is in red crayon on the frontend page, same one used to mark her role, Amelia, in most of the score. This is a vintage printed score, which also has a signature dated in 1944 and handwriting by another hand, in black ink, with translation of the Italian lyrics into Greek. There are also some pencil marks by others, a few clearly by Callas (see pages 238 and 283), besides her red crayon signature and markings. There are also blue crayon markings, probably by a conductor (see page 232), and some pages bear an ink stamp from a previous ownership (violinist Nicolas Coliyas).  Binding is crack open, and together with the spine are in need of restoration, some cracks on paper in some pages, but in overall good condition, easy to restore if desired. See scans of most significant pages, not all pages with markings are shown. Published by Ricordi, Milan, 309 numbered pages plus some extras at the end, 8.2 x 10.8 inches.  READ MORE about the provenance of this score ---> HERE

$3,695.00 USD

(Item #: M7822-G30)
Score for Un Ballo in Maschera, signed on the title page, personal copy that belonged to Maria Callas.  Callas´ signature is in red crayon on the frontend page, same one used to mark her role, Amelia, in most of the score. This is a vintage printed score, which also has a signature dated in 1944 and handwriting by another hand, in black ink, with translation of the Italian lyrics into Greek. There are also some pencil marks by others, a few clearly by Callas (see pages 238 and 283), besides her red crayon signature and markings. There are also blue crayon markings, probably by a conductor (see page 232), and some pages bear an ink stamp from a previous ownership (violinist Nicolas Coliyas).  Binding is crack open, and together with the spine are in need of restoration, some cracks on paper in some pages, but in overall good condition, easy to restore if desired. See scans of most significant pages, not all pages with markings are shown. Published by Ricordi, Milan, 309 numbered pages plus some extras at the end, 8.2 x 10.8 inches.  READ MORE about the provenance of this score ---> HERE