Autograph letter signed "Capoul" to composer, conductor, and violinist [Luigi] Arditi. Victor CAPOUL.

Autograph letter signed "Capoul" to composer, conductor, and violinist [Luigi] Arditi

1 page. Ca. 136 x 88 mm. N.d. In black ink. On gray stationery with a bird holding a banner reading "Couac" ("Caw") at head. In English, French, and Italian (with translation).

Capoul mentions duets from Gounod's Mireille and Verdi's La Traviata.

"All right! For the duet of Mireille and Parigi o Cara write me on the eve of the concert. Respectful regards to Madame Arditi and always to you."

Creased at fold; slightly worn, stained and browned; remnants of adhesive to edges of verso.

An "eloquent lyric" tenor, Victor Capoul made "his début with the Opéra-Comique in 1861 as Daniel (Adam’s Le chalet). Engaged by J. H. Mapleson in London, he appeared first in Faust at Drury Lane in 1871. He made his Covent Garden début as Fra Diavolo in 1877. His roles there included Almaviva, Ernesto, Elvino, and Paul in Massé’s Paul et Virginie, which he had created in Paris (1876). In the USA he made his début at the Academy of Music, New York, in 1871, and appeared in the opening season at the Metropolitan in 1883–4 as Wilhelm Meister and Alfredo; there he had to renounce the title role in Roméo et Juliette, in which he excelled, to Jean de Reszke and play Tybalt instead. Back in Paris he became director of the Opéra, lost his fortune through speculation and died in poverty." Elizabeth Forbes and J.B. Steane in Grove Music Online.

Arditi (1822-1903) studied the violin and composition with Ferrara, Rolla, and Vaccai at the conservatory in Milan. He spent a number of years in America, conducting operas in New York, Philadelphia, and other cities until 1856. He then conducted at Her Majesty's in London from 1858-1869, introducing a number of important operas both new and historical, and between 1878 and 1894 was involved with Mapleson's annual opera tours of the U.S.

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