Autograph letter signed "Ser. Saintville-Gay" to an unidentified male correspondent. Louise Séraphine fl. 1830s SAINTVILLE-GAY.

Autograph letter signed "Ser. Saintville-Gay" to an unidentified male correspondent

3 pp. of a bifolium. Octavo. Dated Montmartre, September 29, [18]34. In French (with translation).

An intriguing glimpse into the career maneuverings of nineteenth-century Parisian singers. Saintville-Gay promotes herself as a mezzo-soprano with a specialty in Italian grand opera. For an audition that her correspondent will grant her, she would like to sing a scene from Rossini's Otello rather than from the "modern repertoire of French grand operas," where "I would be able to show myself not only as a singer but as an actress." She goes on to mention several of the most famous singers of her day: Adolphe Nourrit (1802-1839), Giuditta Pasta (1797-1865), and Maria Malibran (1808-1836).

"... It is the total absence of 'mezzo soprano' singers, that is to say of voices that extend to the low register, like those of Madame Pasta and Madame Malibran, which makes me point out to you that the opera has need of a women of my type, a type which I do not hesitate to say will soon become the most important in grand opera... "

Slightly worn and stained; creased at folds; small blank portion of lower outer corner of first leaf lacking; small oval blindstamp to lower outer corner of first page.

A member of the Académie Royale de Musique, Saintville-Gay sang at La Scala and the Paris Opéra. Item #24386

Price: $150.00  other currencies