Autograph letter signed "G. Roger" to composer [Léo] Delibes. Gustave ROGER.
Autograph letter signed "G. Roger" to composer [Léo] Delibes

Autograph letter signed "G. Roger" to composer [Léo] Delibes

1 page of a bifolium. 12mo. Dated August 11, 1872. In black ink. In French (with translation).

Roger jocularly exhorts Delibes to read a letter of recommendation he has written for a certain Miss Bressolles.

"Read the letter of recommendation that I wrote to [Adolphe] de Leuven for Miss Bressolles. Imagine the I am writing to you yourself, and study this charming nature well – you will certainly profit from it."

Slightly worn, soiled and creased; creased at fold, with small split at lower margin.

Together with:
A hand-coloured full-length lithograph by Prodhomme of Roger in Le Prophète by A. Collette. 275 x 178 mm. Slightly worn and browned; a few small tears and chips to edges.

Gustave-Hippolyte Roger (1815-1879) was a noted French tenor. "In 1838 he made his début as Georges in Halévy’s L’éclair at the Opéra-Comique, where he subsequently created a number of roles written for him by Halévy, Auber and Thomas. His success rested on his considerable intelligence, fine bearing and pure tone. In 1846 he sang Faust in the first performance of Berlioz’s La damnation de Faust, and in 1848 he moved from the Opéra-Comique to the Opéra, where, in 1849, he created the role of Jean de Leyde in Meyerbeer’s Le prophète. Although his voice was too light for such parts, he had enormous success and continued to sing a number of leading tenor roles at the Opéra. He successfully toured Germany on several occasions. His most celebrated partners were Jenny Lind and Pauline Viardot, and he enjoyed the friendship of Berlioz, Meyerbeer and many literary figures. In 1859 he sang in Félicien David’s Herculanum at the Opéra, but shortly afterwards he lost his right arm in a shooting accident. For some years he continued to appear on stage with a mechanical arm, at the Opéra-Comique and in the provinces, and from 1868 until his death he was a professor of singing at the Conservatoire. His book Le carnet d’un ténor (1880) contains lively memories of his career, including an account of his visits to England in 1847 and 1848. In 1861 Berlioz orchestrated Schubert’s Erlkönig for him." Hugh Macdonald in Grove Music Online.

Adolphe de Leuven (1800-1884), a French librettist and director, wrote more than 170 plays and libretti, primarily for vaudevilles and opéras comiques. From December 1862 to January 1874 he co-directed the Opéra-Comique in Paris.

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