Lot 761: Christine Nilsson

RR Auction

RR Auction

2015-10-29 11:34:55

Lot 761: Well-regarded Swedish operatic soprano (1843-1921) who possessed a brilliant bel canto technique and was considered one of the Victorian era's most famous divas. Collection of thirteen mostly untranslated ALSs in French, most signed "Christine," totaling 46 pages over 31 sheets, as well as five personal visiting cards bearing handwritten notes, circa 1870s. Nilsson writes to a "beloved friend" about her successes on stage. One letter, in part (translated): "Thank you for your kind note and for the great interest you show in me from far and wide. I cannot write much since I am to play M...tonight for the second time this season. I have already played Lucia three times and Traviataonce...and each time, I am happy to tell you, my success has been as outstanding as the first night." Another, in part: "You probably know all my successes so that it is unnecessary to tell you anything about it. Nevertheless, last Saturday I have sung for the second time the M...in Exeter Hall with such a success that we have been asked to perform the play again on December 18th...there was such a crowd that they were obliged to almost bar the entrances and to send away more than four hundred people." Also includes 26 ALSs by her husband, the French banker Auguste Rouzaud. In overall very good to fine condition. RR Auction's Fine Autographs & Artifacts Friday, 23rd October 2015 Estimate: $2500-3000
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