Autograph note on a visiting card. Mattia BATTISTINI.

Autograph note on a visiting card.

On card stock 2.75" x 4.25." In French (with translation). With Battistini's name printed in cursive lettering.

"Would you like to hear my latest?... I am returning to St. Petersburg next year. At the moment I am leaving to get some rest..."

From the collection of Marilyn Horne (b. 1934).

Slightly worn, browned, and soiled.

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.

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. Item #30373

Price: $125.00  other currencies

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