Autograph letter signed "E. Nicolini" to an unnamed doctor. Ernest NICOLINI.

Autograph letter signed "E. Nicolini" to an unnamed doctor

3 pp. of a bifolium. Octavo. N.d. [Wales, Craig-y-nos Castle?] In black ink. In French (with translation).

Nicolini gives the doctor directions to his castle, Craig-y-nos, in Wales.

"You take your ticket for Brecon, and at Brecon you take another one for Cray; it's at the latter station that you will find Madame Patti's car, which will drive you to the castle... Enclosed is an envelope to write to us the day and the hour of your arrival, so that we may send you the car. Please note that the last train leaving Brecon for Cray departs at 5:20 in the evening from Brecon."

Slightly stained; creased at folds, with tear along upper portion of central fold; remnants of adhesive and pencil annotations to blank fourth page.

Nicolini "sang at La Scala in La traviata (1859), Rossini’s Otello (as Rodrigo), I Lombardi, Giorza’s Corrado, console di Milano and La sonnambula (1860). From 1862 to 1869 he appeared at the Théâtre Italien, Paris, and he made his Covent Garden début (under the pseudonym Nicolini) in 1866, singing opposite Patti in Lucia di Lammermoor, but without great success. In 1871 he returned to London to sing in Faust and Robert le diable at Drury Lane, and from 1872 to 1884 he was engaged every season at Covent Garden. He appeared in many roles, including Pery in Gomez’s Il guarany (1872), Lohengrin (1875), Radamès in Aida (1876) and Fabio in Jules Cohen’s Estella (1880), all first London performances, and he sang Celio at the première of Lenepveu’s Velléda (1882). His voice had a wide vibrato that some of his contemporaries found distressing, but his fine stage presence and intense acting were particularly appreciated in such roles as Gounod’s Faust and Romeo. He accompanied Patti on tours of Europe (to Vienna, Milan, Brussels, Berlin, Hamburg and other cities), and of the USA and South America. In 1886 he became her second husband, and that year made his final stage appearance, as Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia at Drury Lane, though he continued to sing in concerts for some time." Elizabeth Forbes in Grove Music Online.

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