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New issues on 20 February 2024

OPERA SINGERS - FREDA BETTI

Freda Betti is a French mezzo-soprano, born in 1924 in Nice. She studied music and more particularly singing with Édouard Rouard at the Nice Conservatory where she won a first prize in 1943. She made her debut at the Monte-Carlo Opera in 1947 in Faust by Charles Gounod. During the 50s and 60s, she performed on major national and European stages, in numerous opera festivals and frequently sang for the radio. Among her repertoire, we can cite The Walkyrie, Don Quixote, Madame Butterfly, Tristan and Isolde and especially Carmen, which she performs more than 150 times. In the 1970s, she devoted herself to teaching singing at the Monaco Conservatory.

Design: Cyril DE LA PATELLIÈRE
Line-engraving: Claude JUMELET
Printing process: 3 colours steel-engraving
Size of the stamp: 40,85 x 52 mm vertical
Quantity of issue: 36 000 stamps
Sheet of 6 stamps with illuminations


OPERA SINGERS - GIOVANNI MARTINELLI

Born in Montagnana (Veneto, Italy) in 1885, tenor Giovanni Martinelli is seen as Caruso's heir despite his singing technique and timbre being completely different. He debuted in Milan in 1910 in the role of Verdi's Ernani. In 1913, he sang at the Monte Carlo Opera in La fanciulla del West and, for the first time, at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Established in this city, he contributed, alongside Rosa Ponselle, to making the Metropolitan the first Verdi theater in the world between the two wars. After having sung more than fifty different Italian roles, he tackled that of Othello, which was one of his great triumphs. Endowed with a voice of exceptional light and brilliance, Martinelli communicated a grandiose dimension to his interpretations.

Design and line-engraving: Martin MÖRCK
Printing process: 3 colours steel-engraving
Size of the stamp: 52 x 40,85 mm horizontal
Quantity of issue: 36 000 stamps
Sheet of 6 stamps with illuminations

These issues will be on sale at the “Office des Timbres”, the “Musée des Timbres et des Monnaies”, the post offices and philatelic counters of the Principality, the Monaco stamp-dealers as well as the “Carré d’Encre” in Paris, France. They will be included, with other values, in the 1st Part of the philatelic programme 2024 and offered to our subscribers and customers.