Autograph note signed "Battistini" on the verso of a postcard bust-length photograph of the noted Italian baritone. Mattia BATTISTINI.
Autograph note signed "Battistini" on the verso of a postcard bust-length photograph of the noted Italian baritone

Autograph note signed "Battistini" on the verso of a postcard bust-length photograph of the noted Italian baritone

Dated Vienna, 1911. To Fräulein Mizzi Möderler. In Italian. Published by RPH.

The note comprises a partial verse from Al Medico Carlo Ghinozzi, a poem by Italian poet and satirist Giuseppe Giusti (1809-1850):

"Liberamente il forte
Apre al dolor le porte
Del cor, come all'amico."

Slightly worn; moderate silvering and staining.

By 1902, "Battistini had established himself throughout Europe, and especially in Russia, as a baritone almost without rival in the older repertory and scarcely less famous in later and widely varied roles... After an early engagement at Buenos Aires he never again visited America, and was doubtless the most important singer of his day to have resisted the pull of the Metropolitan – owing, it is said, to his dread of the Atlantic crossing... Battistini’s voice was an unusually high baritone... The quality was noble: clear, strong, vibrant... He was a meticulous stylist with a superb florid technique. He had fabulous agility and breath control, and could spin out long phrases in the smoothest legato or execute the most flamboyant of flourishes, all with a natural instinct for the grand manner." Desmond Shawe-Taylor in Grove Music Online. Item #24597

Price: $125.00  other currencies

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