Autograph letter signed "Balfe" to his friend Lorenzo. Michael William BALFE.

Autograph letter signed "Balfe" to his friend Lorenzo

2 pp. of a bifolium. Ca. 176 x 112 mm. Dated Burlington Gardens, April 23, 1856. With blindstamped device to upper inner corners. In Italian (with translation).

Balfe and several other distinguished persons, including the English music critic James William Davison, will dine at Lorenzo's the following evening.

"Davison, your brother, and the ex-director of Her Majesty's Theatre, Albionattica, will have the honor of dining at your home tomorrow!!!!! At 6 o'clock on the dot we will be at your home. A thousand regards to [your] really nice female friend, I hope she will recognize your Balfe..."

With small autograph addition to second line of text.

Slightly worn; creased at folds and slightly overall; some smudging to one letter, underline, and exclamation point, not affecting legibility; several very small ink stains, not affecting text.

Balfe was an Irish composer and singer. "The most successful composer of English operas in the 19th century, and the only one whose fame spread throughout Europe, he gained wide international recognition with The Bohemian Girl." Nigel Burton and Ian D. Halligan in Grove Music Online.

James William Davison (1813-1885) was a friend of Mendelssohn and spouse of the English pianist Arabella Goddard (1836-1922).

Item #27126

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