4 pp. of a bifolium. Octavo. Dated Wednesday morning [most probably 1866 or 1867]. In black ink. In French (with translation).
In her husband's stead, Carvalho offers Mr. Gatage box seats for one of the week's performances at the Theatre Lyrique. She would like to know which day he would like to come, and whether he would prefer to see [Gounod's] Faust or [Mozart's?] Don Juan. Once she receives his answer, via post, she will procure him a suitable seat. She thanks him for his friendly souvenir.
"Only your letter concerned me a little because it doesn't tell me which performance your want to see. This week, which has already sufficiently advanced, we are playing: Faust today, Don Juan Thursday, Faust Friday, Don Juan Saturday. Which day do you want your box? Please have the kindness to send me a word via post and tell me what you want..."
Very slightly worn; creased at folds.
Marie Caroline Carvalho "made her début in a benefit performance for Duprez at the [Paris] Opéra in 1849, singing in the first act of Lucia di Lammermoor and the trio from the second act of La Juive. She was immediately engaged for the Opéra-Comique. In 1853 she married Léon Carvalho. From 1856 until 1867 she sang at the Théâtre-Lyrique, creating four roles by Gounod: Marguerite (1859), Baucis in Philémon et Baucis (1860), Mireille (1864) and Juliet (1867). Her other roles there included Zerlina, Cherubino and Pamina." Harold Rosenthal in Grove Music Online.
Leon Carvalho, whom this letter also mentions, assumed the directorship of the Théâtre Lyrique in 1856, and quickly brought it "from a rather tenuous existence to a position of prominence on the Parisian operatic scene: the most memorable works of the Second Empire, including Gounod’s Faust and Roméo et Juliette, Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles and Berlioz’s Les Troyens, were first performed there (the last in a greatly abbreviated version)." Steven Huebner in Grove Music Online.
Carvalho may have written this letter in 1866 or 1867, when she sang both Marguerite (in Gounod's Faust) and Zerlina (in Mozart's Don Giovanni). In any case, it could not have been written either before the premiere of Gounod's Faust in 1859, or after 1868, when Leon had to relinquish his directorship of the Théâtre Lyrique in 1868 due to bankruptcy.
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