Autograph letter from the noted Italian tenor to the important English theatre manager Frederick Gye. Giovanni MARIO.

Autograph letter from the noted Italian tenor to the important English theatre manager Frederick Gye.

2 pp. Octavo. Signed "Mario." Undated. In black ink. In French (with translation).

"Upon coming home I found your note – I will also go to the Théâtre Italien this evening – and will see you there – it will be easy to find me; I will in Ragani's box. I saw [?Augustus Glossop] Harris, whom I had already told that I would go to the Italiens."

Slightly worn; creased at folds and upper corners; remnants of former mount to blank upper left corner of recto.

Mario made his "London début, as Gennaro in Lucrezia Borgia [at Her Majesty's in 1839]... Lucrezia was sung by Giulia Grisi, his stage partner for the next 22 years and his lifelong companion... He returned to Paris to make his début at the Théâtre Italien as Nemorino and sang in the first performance of Halévy’s Le drapier at the Opéra. Thereafter, Mario and Grisi divided their time between Paris and London. In winter 1840–41 Mario transferred to the Théâtre Italien... In 1847 Mario and Grisi transferred from Her Majesty’s Theatre to Covent Garden, where he sang with the Royal Italian Opera every season (except 1869) until his retirement in 1871. During the winters he appeared at St Petersburg (1849–53, 1868–70), Paris (1853–64), New York (1854) and Madrid (1859, 1864)... Mario’s voice was a lyric tenor of great sweetness and beauty, with a range from c to c″; for the roles he inherited from Rubini he added a falsetto extension up to f″. Nemorino, Ernesto and Gennaro were the successes of his earlier years, while the Duke of Mantua, Raoul and Faust were the most admired roles of his maturity. Almaviva, which he sang more than a hundred times in London alone, personified for 30 years his vocal charm and dramatic grace." Elizabeth Forbes in Grove Music Online.

In 1849 Gye "obtained the lease of Covent Garden, initially for seven years though he remained there until 1877. He introduced many operas to London, including Rigoletto (1853), Il trovatore (1855), Don Carlos (1867), Aida (1876), Lohengrin (1875) and Tannhäuser (1876), with artists including Patti, Albani, Pauline Lucca, Tamberlik, Faure and Maurel." Harold Rosenthal in Grove Music Online.

Augustus Glossop Harris (1825-1873) was an actor and important theatre manager active in London, Paris, Berlin, and St. Petersburg; he was stage manager at Covent Garden from 1853 to 1873. Item #24154

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