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J. & N. TAIT; [CHALIAPIN, Fyodor Ivanovich, 1873-1938]

Chaliapin concerts : Souvenir programme and book of words. Auditorium. Direction: J. & N. Tait.

Melbourne : The Specialty Press [for J. & N. Tait]. Large octavo (250 x 190 mm), illustrated wrappers, stapled, 56 pp; includes programme for Chaliapin’s ninth concert at the Auditorium in Melbourne on July 29 1926, with lyrics to his current repertoire of 109 Russian songs, as well as ballads and operatic excerpts; numerous photographic portraits of Chaliapin in various operatic roles (also one full page portrait of Percy Grainger, advertising a forthcoming recital series, and one of Pavlova, advertising her Farewell to Melbourne), and advertisements (some colour) for Melbourne firms such as Buckley’s, The Herald, and AWA; a very good copy.

The renowned Russian baritone Chaliapin toured Australia in 1926.

This scarce and substantial concert programme appears to be held in only one Australian collections (State Library of Victoria).