CLARA BUTT : ENGLISH CONTRALTO : POPULAR OPERA SINGER : RPPC (1908)

This vintage real photo postcard features English contralto, Clara Butt (1872-1936). She was an extremely popular singer from the 1890’s through the 1920’s. This postcard identifies her by her married name, “Mrs Kennerley Rumford”. Butt mainly performed in recitals and concerts. She only performed in two actual operas. In her late career, she performed with her husband, baritone Kennerley Rumford. Butt was also a popular recording artist. She made numerous records. Butt was bron in Southwick, Sussex. Her father was a sea captain. When Butt was about 8 years old, she and her family moved to Bristol, where she received her education and her ability to sing was recognized. She received musical training and sang in the Bristol Festival Chorus. At 18 years old, Butt won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music. She also studied music in Paris, Berlin, and Italy. Her professional debut occured in 1892 at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Early in her career, critics noted her high level of talent and predicted she would be very succcessful. The critics were not wrong. In 1890, Butt married baritone Kennerley Rumford. The pair appeared often appeared together in concert. Butt sang command performances for two Kings and one Queen. She toured much of the world. The postcard measures about 3.25 x 5.25 inchesThis card was published by Rotary Photo as part of their “Rotary Photographic Plate Sunk Gem Series (no.P.269.H). The card has a 1908 postmark.  (SOLD)

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