Autograph letter signed in full to Henry Miller. Fritzi SCHEFF.

Autograph letter signed in full to Henry Miller

1 page. Octavo. Dated October 9, 1923. In black ink. On light blue stationery with Scheff's telephone number and Waterbury, Connecticut address embossed at head.

"Just a line to ask you if you have given me another thought. Please do. I shall be at above address for a while, please drop me a line. Very cordially yours."

Slightly worn and soiled; creased and very slightly split at folds; lower left corner creased; small perforation, partially obscuring telephone number, to upper left corner; two very small tears to left edge.

Scheff, an Austrian soprano, "studied with her mother, the soprano Anna Jäger, and then in Munich and Frankfurt, where she made her début in 1896 as Gounod’s Juliet. After singing Martha at Nuremberg she was engaged at the Hofoper in Munich, making her début in 1897 as Marie (La fille du régiment). In 1900 she first appeared at Covent Garden as Nedda and at the Metropolitan as Marzelline. Her repertory included Cherubino, Zerlina, Marguerite, Elsa and Asa, which she sang in the American première of Paderewski’s Manru (1902, New York). She created the title roles of two Victor Herbert operettas, Babette (1903) and Mlle Modiste (1905). Having scored an enormous success in these works, both written specially for her, she abandoned the opera house for Broadway." Harold Rosenthal in Grove Music Online.

Scheff's correspondent is, in all likelihood, actor-producer Henry Miller, builder of the Henry Miller Theatre (124 West 43rd Street between Broadway and 6th Avenue in Manhattan's Theater District) that opened on April 1, 1918; the theater was renamed the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in 2010 to honor the noted American composer and lyricist.

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Price: $45.00  other currencies

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