New York: The Metropolitan Opera Guild, 1958. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's illustrated paper wraps, side stapled.
December 1958 edition of classical music magazine Opera News adorned with an early cover illustration by Andy Warhol. Before his pop career exploded in 1962, Warhol achieved success on Madison Avenue as one of New York’s most popular advertising artists, winning several Art Director’s Club awards for his lighthearted and often fantastical illustrations, many of which were created using a "blotted line technique." This technique–which required Warhol to render a drawing in ink or watercolor before pressing a clean sheet of paper onto the wet lines to make an offset "printed" image–was the first of many that Warhol used to explore the creative possibilities of repeating images. Warhol’s blotted line illustration adorns this issue’s cover and depicts the Queen of the Night and Papageno of Mozart's last, The Magic Flute. As this issue’s featured Opera of the Week, it includes a synopsis of the opera, commentary on the stage settings, and costume descriptions with accompanying black-and-white photographs. First published in 1936 by the Metropolitan Opera Guild, Opera News to this day remains one of the leading classical music magazines in the country. Initially focused primarily on the Met, the magazine has since broadened its scope to include the larger American and international opera scenes. Light wear to wraps. Near fine. Item #2543