Autograph letter to Gilardini signed "Opprandino." VERDI, Opprandino Arrivabene.

Autograph letter to Gilardini signed "Opprandino."

1 page of a bifolium. 12mo. Dated October, [18]72. In Italian (with translation).

Arrivabene has found a café where he, his correspondent, and their acquaintances may meet.

"When we met or, as our common friend Persano would say, ran into each other at the Corso you told me: 'Make sure you find a Caffé where we can talk with friends a few hours in the evening.' Well, I found the Caffé and from December 28 the place is yours. Baron Mazzolani was supposed to let you know, but he forgot. From eight to ten in the evening you will find us in the last room of Caffé Conti in Piazza di Pietra. There you will find Peppino Pellas, Crotti, Carva, Casalegno, and many others besides your truly."

Slightly foxed; creased at folds.

Verdi and Arrivabene became close friends in the mid 1830s. Arrivabene, a member of an ancient, noble Mantuan family who had many connections in wealthy and artistic circles, helped the young Verdi launch his career. He was an editor and writer, and wrote favorably of Verdi's Nabucco, the composer's first success, at the time of its première at La Scala on March 9, 1842. He continued to perform many services for Verdi over the next decades. Item #24268

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