1 page. Octavo. Dated Wednesday [?1833-1842]. In black ink. In French (with translation).
Cinti-Damoreau would like her correspondent to tell Mr. [Luigi] Cherubini that a certain Miss Claire Desprez is too ill to take an exam that day, but that he may hear her on Saturday or Tuesday.
"I count on having [Cherubini] hear her on Saturday, when she comes to take my class, unless she is still not well, and in that case it would be on Tuesday."
Slightly foxed and soiled; lightly creased at folds; trimmed; minor annotations in black-purple ink and pencil to upper edge of recto and blank verso.
Cinti-Damoreau "created the principal soprano roles in Rossini’s Le siege de Corinthe (Pamyre, 1826), Moïse (Anaïs, 1827), Le comte Ory (Countess Adèle, 1827) and Guillaume Tell (Mathilde, 1829), as well as Elvire in Auber’s La muette de Portici (1829) and Isabelle in Meyerbeer’s Robert le diable (1831). Although she was the [Paris] Opéra’s most highly paid singer, she accepted a more attractive offer from the Opéra-Comique, where from 1836 to 1841 she appeared in a succession of new operas by Auber. In 1844 she toured America with the violinist Alexandre Artôt, and continued to sing in concerts until 1848. She taught singing at the Paris Conservatoire (1833–56) and published a Méthode de chant (1849), other singing manuals and some songs. Her voice, outstanding for its purity of tone and intonation, was likened to a perfect piano, and her ornamentation was stylish and varied." Philip E.J. Robinson in Grove Music Online.
Luigi Cherubini (1760-1842) was an "Italian, composer, conductor, teacher, administrator, theorist, and music publisher, active in France. He took French citizenship, probably in 1794, and was a dominant figure in Parisian musical life for half a century. He was a successful opera composer during the Revolutionary period, and had comparable success with religious music from the beginning of the Restoration. He was made director of the Paris Conservatoire and consolidated its pre-eminent position in music education in Europe." Michael Fend in Grove Music Online. Item #23721
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