Autograph letter signed to [Louisa] Cappiani. Oscar HAMMERSTEIN.

Autograph letter signed to [Louisa] Cappiani.

1 page. Folio (ca. 277 x 214 mm.). New York, March 13, 1901. On letterhead of the Victoria theatre.

"I [would] like to offer an engagement to Miss Truax for appearance in the production now running in my Victoria of 'My Lady.' Kindly advise me what course to take or whether such engagement can be effected through you."

Slightly browned and stained; creased at folds and slightly overall; partially split along central fold with minor loss to blank outer margin and lower right corner; tape repairs to verso.

Oscar Hammerstein I (1846-1919) was a prominent Polish-born American impresario. This letter illustrates the scope of his activities in the years preceding his establishment of the Manhattan Opera Company in 1906. The company, which presented both the standard Italian repertory and contemporary works and hired some of the best singers of the time, proved to be a serious rival to the Metropolitan Opera. "In April 1910, Hammerstein sold his interests in the company to the Metropolitan for $1,200,000, and promised not to produce opera in New York, Boston, Philadelphia or Chicago for the next decade." John Frederick Cone in Grove Music Online.

Louisa Cappiani (?1835-1919), also known as Louise Kapp-Young, was an Austrian-born American soprano and pedagogue of international note. She wrote articles and books on vocal technique, including Practical Hints and Help for Perfection in Singing (1908). Item #23201

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