Autograph letter signed in full to Frank L. Ridgely. Jean DE RESZKE.

Autograph letter signed in full to Frank L. Ridgely

2 pp. of a bifolium. Octavo. Dated March 21, [18]97. In black ink. On stationery with "The Southern St. Louis" beneath a lion emblem embossed at head. In English. With autograph envelope postmarked St. Louis, March 25, [1897].

Jean De Reszke and his brother must unfortunately decline an invitation to the Saint Louis Club.

"We regret very much, my brother and I, that owing to our theatrical duties, we have been unable to avail ourselves of your kind invitation to the S[aint] Louis Club."

Slightly worn, browned, soiled and stained; creased with some separation at central fold; some offsetting to recto of second folio; some pencilled annotations in a later hand to verso of second folio.

Worn, soiled, and torn; some loss to upper portion.

Polish baritone, and later tenor Jean de Reszke (1850-1925) was one of the most famous opera singers of the late nineteenth century. "His beautiful voice, fine musicianship and handsome appearance made him unsurpassed in the French repertory, as well as in the Wagner roles he sang with such distinction."

Edouard de Reszke (1853-1917), a bass, enjoyed as successful a career as his brother. "His huge voice and giant stature made him a magnificent exponent of Wagner roles, and he sang Daland, King Henry (Lohengrin), Hans Sachs, King Mark, the Wanderer (Siegfried) and Hagen. He retired in 1903, soon after his brother." Elizabeth Forbes in Grove Music Online.

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