On cardstock, ca. 82 x 137 mm. In black ink. With a detailed annotation in pencil dated July 16, 1924 to verso.
Slightly worn, soiled, stained and foxed; slightly smudged, not affecting legibility.
Together with a waist-length cabinet card photograph of Patti, ca. 165 x 108 mm., by the J.M. Mora studio in New York, 1882. Slightly worn.
"From a musical family, [Patti] toured the USA as a child prodigy with the violinist Ole Bull and in 1857 toured with Gottschalk. In 1859, when she was 16, she made her opera debut as Lucia di Lammermoor in New York, after studying the role with the conductor Emmanuele Muzio. Two years later she appeared as Amina in La sonnambula at Covent Garden, a role she repeated for her debuts in Paris (1862) and Vienna (1863). Her fame spread throughout Europe, and she was soon recognized as the greatest soprano of her day. During the 1880s she was a favourite at the Metropolitan Opera, New York. Her career continued into the 20th century and she made some recordings at her castle in Wales; they reveal her extraordinary tone-production, brilliant agility, and refined phrasing." Jon Tolansky in Grove Music Online. Item #24298
Price: $300.00 other currencies