Cast and painted resin head of the opera singer Tito Gobbi (1915-1984) with removable pince-nez.
Height: 13.8 cm at tallest point, Depth: 15.5 cm Back of head to tip of nose, Width: 12.6 cm ear to ear, Width: 8.0 cm removable pince-nez
[Bust] Height: 14 cm from base of neck to top of head, Circumference: 13.5 cm around forehead and back of head, Depth: 16 cm from tip of nose to back of head
[Bust] The bust came to the museum with the office effects of the impresario Sandor Gorlinsky who was an agent for many notable opera and ballet performers.
Cast resin head of Tito Gobbi painted to imitate bronze, with removable metal wire pince-nez, on a separate chip-board base, the upper and lower surfaces painted black.
[Bust] Plaster head modelled as the opera singer Tito Gobbi as an elderly man with receding hair, wearing pince-nez. The head is painted with a dull gold or bronze paint, and the eyes and nose are deeply incised.
This cast resin head painted to resemble bronze represents the Italian operatic baritone Tito Gobbi (1915-1984), noted for his fine 'bel canto' voice. He studied law before training as a singer and made his operatic debut in the Italian town of Gubbio 1935 as Count Rudolfo in Bellini's La Sonnambula. In 1942 he made his Milan debut at La Scala and appeared at Covent Garden in London in 1951, both times as Belcore in Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore. He appeared in twenty-five films, both in singing and speaking roles, and in the 1950s and 1960s was mostly based in Rome. In later years, he made the Lyric Opera of Chicago his base and retired from the stage in 1979.
The head belonged to the Russian-born theatrical agent Sandor Gorlinsky (1908-1990) who worked in Britain from 1933 and who represented some of the most celebrated opera and ballet stars of the second half on the 20th century, notably Maria Callas, Montserrat Caballé and Rudolph Nureyev, as well as Tito Gobbi. It was presented to the museum by Sandor Gorlinsky's widow, Edith Gorlinsky.