Item #39162 Autograph letter signed. Marcella SEMBRICH.

Autograph letter signed

1 page. Small quarto. Dated April 27th 1915. In black ink, signed in full. With "Hotel Gotham" embossed at head.

"Dear Miss Wolff, I thank you very much for your contribution to the Polish Relief Fund."

Laid down to mounting sheet.

Sembrich, a distinguished Polish-born American soprano, was one of the Metropolitan Opera's most treasured artists. "Sembrich was one of the greatest sopranos in history. Like Patti (who became a staunch friend), she combined a dazzling technique with the purest lyricism. Her scale was perfectly matched over a range from c′ to f‴. In addition to Lucia, her most popular roles were Violetta, Gilda and Rosina; she was also a leading interpreter of Mozart and was admired for her Zerlina, Susanna and the Queen of Night. Her repertory also included two Wagner roles, Elsa (Lohengrin) and Eva (Die Meistersinger), and Puccini’s Mimì. She was the ‘musicians’ singer’ of her time, and she enjoyed playing chamber music with such friends as the members of the Flonzaley Quartet, or two-piano music, often with Paderewski." Philip L. Miller in Grove Music Online

Paderewski wrote a moving appeal for support of those affected by the ravages of World War I on behalf of the Polish Relief Committee in 1915. See the website of the Polish Music Center at the University of Southern California.

Item #39162

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