2 pp. of a bifolium. Octavo. Dated [New York], January 24, 1915. In ink on stationery with "Hotel Gotham, New York" embossed at head.
Sembrich's busyness has prevented her from answering Del Papa's letter sooner. She is leaving New York in a few days, but wants to meet him upon her return so that she can hear more about his "proposed scheme in regard to a club for the culture of Grand Opera." She tells him that, unfortunately, the picture she has enclosed is "the only one at hand."
Slightly browned and soiled; slightly split at lower central fold.
Sembrich was one of the Metropolitan Opera's most treasured artists until her sumptuous farewell gala of 1909. "Having already established herself as a lieder singer, making extended tours, she continued to give recitals until 1917, the year of her husband’s death. She was by then active as a teacher, heading the voice departments of both the Curtis Institute and the Institute of Musical Art. Sembrich was one of the greatest sopranos in history. Like Patti (who became a staunch friend), she combined a dazzling technique with the purest lyricism. Her scale was perfectly matched over a range from c′ to f‴. In addition to Lucia, her most popular roles were Violetta, Gilda and Rosina; she was also a leading interpreter of Mozart and was admired for her Zerlina, Susanna and the Queen of Night. Her repertory also included two Wagner roles, Elsa (Lohengrin) and Eva (Die Meistersinger), and Puccini’s Mimì. She was the ‘musicians’ singer’ of her time, and she enjoyed playing chamber music with such friends as the members of the Flonzaley Quartet, or two-piano music, often with Paderewski." Philip L. Miller in Grove Music Online. Item #23705
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