Autograph letter signed "H. Gudehus" to Otto Floersheim. Heinrich GUDEHUS.

Autograph letter signed "H. Gudehus" to Otto Floersheim

2 pp. Small octavo. Dated New York, December 5, [1890 in another hand]. In black ink. On card stock with elaborately embossed initials "HG" at upper left. In German (with translation).

Gudehus thanks Floersheim for his report on a Tannhäuser performance [at the Metropolitan Opera] and apologizes that because of his tight rehearsal schedule [again, at the Metropolitan Opera] he has not yet been able to set up a breakfast with Floersheim, which he has promised some time ago.

"As I thank you for your friendly report on the local performance of Tannhäuser, I regret appropriately that so far I have not yet been able to invite you for the common breakfast on which we have agreed. Every day we are so busy rehearsing just around 11 AM-2 PM that there is absolutely no time left for anything 'nobler and loftier.' Thus excuse me graciously; as soon as we get some air to breathe, I will get back to you."

Broken at central fold; small tear to right edge of lower portion; remnants of tape and small abrasion to verso.

German tenor Heinrich Gudehus excelled in Wagner roles and was one of the two first Parsifals at the 1882 Bayreuth festival. He sang at the Metropolitan Opera in the 1890-91 season. He took the leading role in the performance of Tannhäuser mentioned in the letter; other roles in which he performed at the Met were Lohengrin, Tristan, Walther von Stolzing, Siegmund, Siegfried, Raoul (Les Huguenots), and John of Leyden (Le prophète).

Otto Floersheim (1853-1917) was a German-born composer, critic, and editor active in the United States from 1875. In 1880 he joined the staff of the Musical Courier; from 1894 to 1904, he was the paper’s Berlin correspondent. He died in Switzerland in 1917. Item #23698

Price: $100.00  other currencies

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