Autograph letter to an unidentified male correspondent, signed "Vanni-Marcoux." VANNI-MARCOUX, Jean Emile Diogène Marcoux.

Autograph letter to an unidentified male correspondent, signed "Vanni-Marcoux."

2 pp. of a bifolium. Octavo. Dated [Boston?] February 19, [19]14. In black ink. On stationery with the emblem and motto of the Hotel Lenox in Boston embossed at head. In French (with translation).

"I am very much touched by the friendship you show me and by your critiques by which I am most flattered. Thank you for having sent the photograph of Archibalde. I will be very happy to shake your hand before I leave for Europe."

Slightly worn, soiled, and stained; creased at folds.

Vanni-Marcoux made his Paris Opéra début as Gounod's Méphistophélès in 1908. "Thereafter for nearly 40 years he remained an admired figure in Parisian musical life, mainly at the Opéra, but also at the Opéra-Comique, where he was particularly famous as the Father in Louise and in the title role of Don Quichotte. His American career was centred on Chicago, where he first appeared in 1913 as Scarpia and as Don Quichotte (singing in both operas with Mary Garden), and again frequently between 1926 and 1932. Among his other leading roles were Boris Godunov, Iago (which he studied with Maurel) and Don Giovanni. He was also director of the Grand Théâtre at Bordeaux from 1948 to 1951. Vanni-Marcoux was a splendid actor as well as an accomplished singer, with exemplary enunciation and a voice remarkable for smoothness and finish rather than for sheer power." Desmond Shawe-Taylor in Grove Music Online. Item #24153

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