1 page of a bifolium. Octavo. N.d., ca. 1849-1853]. In black ink. On blue stationery with Miolan's monogram embossed at head. In French (with translation).
Miolan asks for permission to sing at an upcoming charity concert.
"Not having had the pleasure of meeting you at the theatre, I write to ask you to grant me permission to sing in a charity concert which takes place Sunday afternoon... You have given permission to Mr. St. Foy to sing at this concert; I ask of you the same favor, and tell you in advance the great pleasure that I will have in obtaining it.
Slightly foxed; creased at folds and upper corners; perforation to lower portion of both leaves.
Marie Caroline Carvalho made her début in a benefit performance for Gilbert Duprez at the Paris Opéra on December 14, 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.
As both her monogram ("CM") and her signature indicate, Miolan wrote this letter early in her career, before her marriage to Léon Carvalho. If she composed it shortly after her appointment at the Opéra-Comique (as is likely), its intended recipient was most probably Émile Perrin, the director there.
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