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Autographed postcard photograph of the Ukrainian, later American conductor, February 12, 1915.

Cooper (1877-1960) was a violinist, taught by his Father.  He initially studied at the Odessa Conservatory with violinist Gustav Frieman and made his concert debut at the age of 6.  The Turkish Ambassador heard him at the concert and invited him to play before the Sultan Abdul Hamid.  His concert in Turkey was wildly successful and he was appointed Court Violinist.  He remained in Turkey for four years studying with the princes tutors and became fluent in 7 languages in addition to Russian.  Cooper then went to Vienna to study with the great dirigent, Joseph Hellmesberger and Leipzig to study with Artur Nikisch.  The conductor next went to Moscow and enrolled at the Moscow Conservatory studying composition with the composer and pianist Sergei Taneyev and conducting with Vaclav Suk.  Upon his graduation from the Moscow Conservatory in 1899, he toured Russia with bass Feodor Chaliapin and tenor Leonid Sobinov and the result was his appointment as conductor of the Kiev Opera.  In 1909 he was conducting at Zimin’s Private Opera and led the World Premiere of Rimsky’s opera, “Le Coq d’Or”.  Cooper also led the World Premiere performances of Gliere’s 3rd Symphony and the Russian premieres of Scriabin’s 3rd Symphony the“Divine Poem” and his “Poem of Ecstasy” which had their World Premieres in the United States. Those successes and his relationship with Chaliapin led to Diaghileff contracting Cooper to lead the first tour of the Ballets Russe in Paris. He returned to Moscow where he was a regular conductor of the Bolshoi, leading the first “Ring Cycle” and performances of “Die Meistersinger” there.  He then followed Napravnik at the Mariinsky Theatre and was made Professor at the St. Petersburg Conservatory.  In 1917 he was appointed conductor of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, then known as the Petrograd Philharmonic and was appointed Music Director in 1920 leading the orchestra until 1923.  He left Russia in 1924, disgusted by the Communists and came to America.  He conducted first at the Chicago Opera from 1929 to 1943. (Cleofante Campanini contracted him in 1914 to conduct in Chicago, but the first World War voided the contract.)  He was then hired by the Metropolitan Opera where he conducted from 1944 to 1950, 168 performances of 13 operas including the American Premieres of “Khovanschina” and “Peter Grimes”.  From 1944 until his death, he was the Music Director of Canadian soprano Pauline Donalda’s Opera Guild of Montreal. 

Unusual and rare this early! 

EMIL COOPER - CONDUCTOR

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