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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, plus a couple of unsigned ones, 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 #: 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

$2,495.00 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 #: M7825-G30)
Score for Poliuto, opera by Donizetti, personal copy of the score that belonged to Maria Callas, with her signature on the title page. Full score for voice and piano, with a total of 201 numbered pages, published by Ricordi, Italy, no year printed. Probably a copy from a library or archive of an opera house. Contains numerous markings in pencil (see for example page 17, and pages 36-37), most probably by a conductor, and the role of Paolina (soprano) is underlined in red crayon (starting on page 31) in many parts but not in the entire score. Some pages with folds on corners to mark the page, others are bound together with tape, obviously to skip those parts. Hard covers, probably rebound from the original, with some wear on corners, 8.2 x 11.4 inches, aging on borders (minor rust), in excellent condition. READ MORE about the provenance of this score ---> HERE

$4,450.00 USD

(Item #: M7825-G30)
Score for Poliuto, opera by Donizetti, personal copy of the score that belonged to Maria Callas, with her signature on the title page. Full score for voice and piano, with a total of 201 numbered pages, published by Ricordi, Italy, no year printed. Probably a copy from a library or archive of an opera house. Contains numerous markings in pencil (see for example page 17, and pages 36-37), most probably by a conductor, and the role of Paolina (soprano) is underlined in red crayon (starting on page 31) in many parts but not in the entire score. Some pages with folds on corners to mark the page, others are bound together with tape, obviously to skip those parts. Hard covers, probably rebound from the original, with some wear on corners, 8.2 x 11.4 inches, aging on borders (minor rust), in excellent condition. READ MORE about the provenance of this score ---> HERE