Autograph letter signed in full to "Mr. Vincenzo." Italo CAMPANINI.

Autograph letter signed in full to "Mr. Vincenzo."

1 page. Ca. 155 x 99 mm. [New York, ca. 1891-94]. Notated in black ink on stationery with Campanini's red monogram embossed to upper left portion. In Italian (with translation).

Campanini's delivers his wife's apologies; she cannot see Mr. Vincenzo's wife because she is ill.

"My wife is very sorry not to be able to come to your home tonight; a toothache and a bit of a sore throat prevent her from leaving the house, even in the carriage. She begs me to tell you that she offers many apologies to your wife, and that as soon as she recovers she will visit her... "

Creased at folds; several small tears; laid down to thin strips of mounting paper at edges; light soiling and wear.

Together with a carte de visite photograph. Head-and-shoulders role portrait of the tenor. [New York,] Mora. Ca. 106 x 63 mm. Light soiling and wear.

Letter and photograph matted. Overall size: ca. 279 x 356 mm. Matte partially separated; some foxing, darkening, and minor annotations in pencil to verso.

"Engaged to sing Manrico in Il trovatore in Odessa, [Campanini] stayed three years in Russia, returning to Italy for further study with Lamperti in Milan. In 1871, after singing Gounod’s Faust, Don Ottavio and Gennaro (Lucrezia Borgia) at La Scala, he attracted wide attention when he sang Lohengrin at Bologna under Angelo Mariani, in the first Italian performance of Wagner’s opera. At La Scala he also sang the title role of Marchetti’s Ruy Blas and Lohengrin (1872–3). Having made his London début in 1872 at Drury Lane as Gennaro, in 1874 he sang Kenneth in the première of Balfe’s Il talismano. In 1875 he sang Faust in Mefistofele in the first performance of the revised edition of Boito’s opera at Bologna, and in 1878 Don José in the London (Her Majesty’s Theatre) and New York (Academy of Music) premières of Carmen. Having sung Gounod’s Faust at the opening of the Metropolitan in 1883, he returned (1891–4) as Almaviva, Don Ottavio, Raoul (Les Huguenots), Lohengrin, Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor) and Boito’s Faust. He sang the title role of Berlioz’s La damnation de Faust at the Royal Albert Hall in 1894, the year he retired. His voice was reportedly neither large nor perfectly even, but was sweet, flexible, brilliant on top and used with intuitive musicality." Elizabeth Forbes in Grove Music Online. Item #24344

Price: $175.00  other currencies

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