Lot 740: ALS in French, signed "G. Rossini," one page, 6.75 x 8.5, August 1, 1865. Letter to a friend, in full (translated): "I send you herewith the small chicklet [love letter] of Madame Alboni Pepoli. It is the answer to a letter I had sent her when I got your first message. In this autograph of the famous singer you will find all the information that may be favorable to this unfortunate little animal whose owner is all yours, deep from his heart." Rossini also adds a short postscript, in full: "Make me a slave at the feet of the adorable Madame Vestris that I have loved viscerally." In fine condition, with central vertical and horizontal folds (the vertical fold passing through a single letter of the signature), and light soiling. Widely considered one of the greatest contraltos in operatic history, Marietta Alboni became a pupil of Rossini's when she was only thirteen years old. Seeing her magnificent potential, the composer took a special interest in her training and helped develop her career, from her admittance to the Liceo Musicale, to her 1842 debut at Teatro alla Scala, and finally to her celebrated performances in his own works. She held him as a second father until the end of his life, and he, as affectionately displayed in this letter, held her in his highest esteem. A charming letter regarding his most beloved pupil.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453
Sunday, 17th May 2015
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