1 page (one side of a bifolium). Quarto. Dated June 7, 1828. In French. With integral address leaf in German.
Catalani thanks her correspondent for his kindness and asks that he remit the enclosed as promptly as possible and account for any expenses incurred.
Together with a contemporary full-length hand-coloured print of Catalani titled "Madame Catalani in Semiramide. her first Appearance in England, Decr. 13th, 1806 Drawn Etch'd & Pub'd. by Dighton, 2[?]1 New Bond Street, Decr. 1806."
From the collection of Marilyn Horne (b. 1934).
Letter quite browned; torn at edges; creased at folds and slightly overall; three small ink spots; two small stains; remnants of former mount and red wax seal. Print laid down to backing paper; margins browned; tear to left margin repaired.
"After appearances in Florence and Rome, in 1804 she went to Lisbon, and in 1806 she made her London début at the King’s Theatre in M.A. Portugal’s Semiramide, also singing in Portugal’s Il ritorno di Serse and La morte di Mitridate, Mayr’s Che originali (Il fanatico per la musica) and Nasolini’s La morte di Cleopatra... Moving to Paris, she took over the direction of the Théâtre Italien in 1814... In 1817 she embarked on an extended tour of Europe, returning to London in 1824 for a few performances of Che originali (Il fanatico per la musica); then she gave up the stage. A beautiful woman with a superb, perfectly controlled voice, and a fine actress, she lacked the taste or education to make the most of her gifts." Elizabeth Forbes in Grove Music Online.
"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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