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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 #: M7788-G30)
Score for La Boheme, voices and piano, signed by Callas on the title page. Callas marked in red/pink crayon her role across the score, there are also some pencil markings on the music, and an indication of the page number where her role sings again. Published by G. Ricordi, Milan, 277 printed pages, 8.25 x 10.6 inches, in very good condition.

$2,975.00 USD

(Item #: M7788-G30)
Score for La Boheme, voices and piano, signed by Callas on the title page. Callas marked in red/pink crayon her role across the score, there are also some pencil markings on the music, and an indication of the page number where her role sings again. Published by G. Ricordi, Milan, 277 printed pages, 8.25 x 10.6 inches, in very good 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 #: 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 #: M7784-G30)
Callas owned score for Norma, with some markings. The role of Norma is marked in red, same pen and ink than the signature, plus other minor markings in red color. Callas had several scores of "Norma" in her collection, this is one of the probably only 3 that had some markings inside, and one of the only 2 that were signed by her - certainly the one with the best signature of both - and was certainly used for work!. There are also a few markings in the roles of Adalgisa and Pollione, but almost all markings are in the role of Norma. Scans show the most relevant pages with markings. Published by Schirmer, New York, vocal score with piano, 270 pages, bound with green cloth covers, 7.75 x 11 inches, in excellent condition. READ MORE about the provenance of this score ---> HERE

$6,950.00 USD

(Item #: M7784-G30)
Callas owned score for Norma, with some markings. The role of Norma is marked in red, same pen and ink than the signature, plus other minor markings in red color. Callas had several scores of "Norma" in her collection, this is one of the probably only 3 that had some markings inside, and one of the only 2 that were signed by her - certainly the one with the best signature of both - and was certainly used for work!. There are also a few markings in the roles of Adalgisa and Pollione, but almost all markings are in the role of Norma. Scans show the most relevant pages with markings. Published by Schirmer, New York, vocal score with piano, 270 pages, bound with green cloth covers, 7.75 x 11 inches, in excellent condition. READ MORE about the provenance of this score ---> HERE

(Item #: M7782-G30)
Full score for voice and piano, signed by Maria Callas. This is her personal copy, used to study. Maria Callas only sang this opera (main soprano role of Isolde) very early in her career (a total of just 12 times, between 1947 and 1950), in Italian. Isolde was also her debut role at Teatro La Fenice, on December 30th, 1947. Score has markings in red and blue crayon by conductor Tulio Serafin (some words match his handwriting), in pink color by Callas, same color used for the signature on page 1, there are also some pencil markings by her, and a few more in thick pencil/black crayon, probably by Serafin.  Bound with MMC initials on the spine (her initials while married), indicating this was made on or after 1949. A score published by G. Ricordi, Milan, 453 printed pages, 7.5 x 10.5 inches, in excellent condition. See scans - Not all pages are scanned, many are marked by Serafin only. READ MORE about the provenance of this score ---> HERE

$4,275.00 USD

(Item #: M7782-G30)
Full score for voice and piano, signed by Maria Callas. This is her personal copy, used to study. Maria Callas only sang this opera (main soprano role of Isolde) very early in her career (a total of just 12 times, between 1947 and 1950), in Italian. Isolde was also her debut role at Teatro La Fenice, on December 30th, 1947. Score has markings in red and blue crayon by conductor Tulio Serafin (some words match his handwriting), in pink color by Callas, same color used for the signature on page 1, there are also some pencil markings by her, and a few more in thick pencil/black crayon, probably by Serafin.  Bound with MMC initials on the spine (her initials while married), indicating this was made on or after 1949. A score published by G. Ricordi, Milan, 453 printed pages, 7.5 x 10.5 inches, in excellent condition. See scans - Not all pages are scanned, many are marked by Serafin only. READ MORE about the provenance of this score ---> HERE