2 pp. Small quarto. Addressed to "My dearest Mary." No place, no date ("Saturday morning"). On stationery with original watercolour of a violet at head. In English. Quadruple-matted, framed, and glazed together with an attractive original half-length photograph portrait of the distinguished singer, the letter in a square (double-sided to enable both sides of the letter to be viewed), the photograph in an oval window.
Patti would like to "spend the evening" with her correspondent, at which time she "will meet Mrs. & Miss Paine, who are very anxious to make your acquaintance, and several young gentlemen so as to be able to have a dance. You are not to come in grand toillette[!] as it is simply our reception day..."
Letter lightly creased at central fold.
From the collection of Marilyn Horne (b. 1934).
Patti was "an Italian-French 19th-century opera singer, earning huge fees at the height of her career in the music capitals of Europe and America. She first sang in public as a child in 1851, and gave her last performance before an audience in 1914. Along with her near contemporaries Jenny Lind and Thérèse Tietjens, Patti remains one of the most famous sopranos in history, owing to the purity and beauty of her lyrical voice and the unmatched quality of her bel canto technique."
"The composer Giuseppe Verdi, writing in 1877, described her as being perhaps the finest singer who had ever lived and a "stupendous artist"... Verdi's admiration for Patti's talent was shared by numerous music critics and social commentators of her era." Wikipedia.
A distinguished American mezzo-soprano, "Horne had a voice of extraordinary range, rich and tangy in timbre, with a stentorian chest register and an exciting top... In concert she once achieved the feat of singing in a single programme Rossini arias and Brünnhilde’s Immolation Scene, proof of her exceptional versatility. Throughout her lengthy career she was an admired recitalist, singing lieder, mélodies, Spanish and American songs with equal aplomb." Alan Blyth in Grove Music Online.
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