1 page of a bifolium. Quarto. Undated, ca. 1810-1820. In ink. On laid paper with "Al Masso" watermark. In Italian (with translation).
Malanotte writes to "Eccellenza" seeking assistance in receiving payment:
"Since Signor Barbaja has refused to pay me the money for last September, and since I am about to leave, I beg your Excellency to give the appropriate orders to release to me the above-mentioned payment ..."
From the collection of the distinguished American mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne (b. 1934).
Slightly browned; creased at folds and slightly overall.
Italian contralto Adelaide Malanotte is best known today for creating the title role in Rossini's Tancredi (1813). In her letter she refers to Domenico Barbaja (1777-1841), the famed impresario who commissioned numerous operas from the leading composers of the day. Barbaja spent most of his career at Naples, and it is thus most likely that the present letter is in regard to a performance there, prior to Malanotte's retirement in 1821.
"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 #31905
Price: $375.00 other currencies