1 page of a bifolium. 12mo. Dated March 31, 1837. In French (with translation).
Auber graciously accepts a box for his friend's performance at the opera.
"My dear friend, I accept one box with gratitude... I will go to applaud you, and always with the hope that this is not a final farewell."
Creased at folds; remants of former mount and pencilled annotations to verso of second leaf.
Auber was the foremost composer of opéra comique in nineteenth-century France. His operas enjoyed great success not only in his native France but also in Germany, Denmark, and England. In addition to his activities as a composer, Auber was for a time the director of the Paris Conservatoire.
As first tenor of the Opéra from 1826-1836, Nourrit created the principal tenor roles in all major new productions, including those of Gioachino Rossini and Auber. Illness forced him to resign from the Opera in late 1836, but he continued to enjoy success as a salon performer: "he was the first to introduce Schubert’s lieder to Parisian audiences at the celebrated soirées organized by Liszt, Urhan and Alexandre Batta at the salons d’Erard in 1837." Evan Walker and Sarah Hibberd in Grove Music Online. Nourrit gave his farewell performance at the Paris Opéra on April 1, 1837. Item #23283
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