Autograph letter signed "Ch. Gounod" to the celebrated Italian soprano Adelina Patti. Charles-François GOUNOD.

Autograph letter signed "Ch. Gounod" to the celebrated Italian soprano Adelina Patti.

3 pp. of a bifolium. Octavo. Dated Sunday morning, January 6, [18]89. In purple ink. In French (with translation).

Gounod praises Patti for her performance of the role of Juliette in his opera, Roméo et Juliette. Amidst some intrigue, he negotiates with the directors of the Paris Opéra to secure future engagements there for Patti.

"... Without a cough, which has forced me to stay in bed, it is I who planned to embrace you at the train station and tell you again... how delighted I was by the charm you exuded in the interpretation of such a delicate and poignant role as Juliette!"

Slightly worn, soiled, foxed and stained; creased at folds; tears to edges and central portion professionally repaired, with no loss to text; remnants of transparent tape just affecting first letter of address (the "C" of "Chère"), with corresponding small abrasion to blank area of central fold.

Together with a vintage postcard photograph of the composer.

On November 28, 1888, Gounod conducted the first of a celebrated series of performances of his Roméo et Juliette at the Paris Opéra. These performances featured Jean de Reszke (1850-1925) and Adelina Patti (1843-1919) in the title roles, and included the additions of the Act III finale and a ballet for Act IV.

Renowned for her amazing purity of tone, vocal flexibility, and remarkable acting abilities, Patti excelled in the roles of Amina, Lucia, Violetta, Norina, and Rosina, and later, Semiramide, Marguerite, Leonora and Aida. Elizabeth Forbes in Grove Music Online. Item #23465

Price: $1,500.00  other currencies

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