3 pp. of a bifolium. Octavo. Frankfurt-am-Main, August 16 [ca. 1852?]. In black ink. On stationery with oval blindstamp at head. In French (with translation).
Mathilde and her husband will spend the next winter season in Holland, and would like to know when they may be able to sing in Utrecht.
"... We would be very happy to be able to sing then in a city which welcomed us so kindly and so heartily last year. Please tell me, Sir, when your concerts begin, and please also (if possible) let us know at the same time the dates when we might be able to sing in Utrecht; we would like to have all our commitments in advance... As for fees, you know we have always finished by understanding one another... "
Slightly worn; creased at folds.
Mathilde Marchesi (née Graumann) married the Italian baritone and singing teacher Salvatore Marchesi in 1852, the year of her single stage appearance, as Rosina, at Bremen. "In 1854 she began to teach, in Vienna, Paris, Cologne and again Vienna. In 1881 she founded her own school of singing in Paris, where her pupils included Emma Calvé, Gabrielle Krauss, Nellie Melba, Sibyl Sanderson, Emma Eames, Katharina Klafsky, Selma Kurz, and her daughter Blanche Marchesi. She retired in 1908. She published numerous sets of vocal exercises, mostly under the title L’art du chant, with various opus numbers, from the 1850s onwards, and an Ecole Marchesi: méthode de chant théorique et pratique (Paris, 1886; Eng. trans., 1896, 1903) as well as a book of memoirs." Elizabeth Forbes in Grove Music Online.
This letter was most probably written early in Mathilde's career, shortly after her marriage to Salvatore, and before she established herself as a one of the nineteenth-century's most important voice teachers. Item #24152
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