4 pp. of a bifolium. Octavo. Dated October 25 [ca. 1908]. In black ink. On stationery with a Connecticut address embossed at head.
Cary must decline Mrs. Dike's invitation "to greet some Brooklyn Ladies" because of her husband's illness. She reminisces about a young "Judge Dike" and about her pleasant experiences singing with the Brooklyn Philharmonic under Theodore Thomas. She asks her correspondent if she is happy to have "a new academy of music"--presumably, the newly rebuilt Brooklyn Academy of Music.
"Are you not happy in having a new Academy of Music? I remember with very great pleasure my singing for the Brooklyn Philharmonic under Theodor Thomas, and the cordial greeting I always had from the public – In our quiet country life I am entirely deprived of music and in that way live in the past. If my husband were well, I should be most happy, but the two edged sword is hanging over my head."
Creased at folds.
Annie Louise Cary was an American contralto, who was "immensely popular in opera, oratorio and concert in Europe and the USA. She performed at the first Cincinnati May Festival (1873) and sang Amneris in the American première of Aida in New York (26 November 1873). One of the first internationally known American singers, she spent 1875–7 in Russia. In 1877 she returned to the USA, where she toured with Maria Rozé and Clara Kellogg; she also sang with the Mapleson Company (1879–81) and in many festivals with the Thomas Orchestra. The first American woman to sing a Wagner role (Ortrud) in the USA, she also participated in the American premières of Verdi’s Requiem (New York, 1874) and Bach’s Magnificat (1875, Cincinnati) and Christmas Oratorio (1877, Boston). She retired at the height of her popularity after marrying in June 1882. Cary’s voice was strong and rich, with a range of over three octaves; she knew 40 operatic and oratorio roles." Dee Baily and Katherine K. Preston in Grove Music Online.
The Brooklyn Academy of Music was founded in 1861, but a fire destroyed its facilities in 1903. After new facilities were constructed, the Academy re-opened in the fall of 1908. Item #23609
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