2 pp. Octavo. N.d. but 1847-51? In black ink. In French (with translation).Lablache must decline the commissioner's invitation. He sends word that Mademoiselle Alboni is staying at the Hôtel de Bade."I am very sorry to learn from Mr. Romani that there is a performance next Sunday, which prevents me from having the honor of attending your friendly invitation. As I had promised your son, I make haste to let you know that Mademoiselle Alboni arrived yesterday evening and that she is staying at the Hôtel de Bade, Boulevard des Italiens."Slightly worn; creased at fold. Considered the most famous bass singer of his generation, Luigi Lablache "made a brilliant London début [on March 30, 1830] as Geronimo in Cimarosa's Il matrimonio segreto at the King's (from 1837 Her Majesty's) Theatre, where he subsequently appeared every season until 1852, except for 1833 and 1834. Lord Mount-Edgcumbe described him on his London début as 'a bass of uncommon force and power. His voice was not only of deeper compass than almost any ever heard, but when he chose, absolutely stentorian, and he was also gigantic in his person; yet when he moderated its extraordinary strength, he sang pleasingly and well'." He made his début at La Scala as Dandini in Rossini's La Cenerentola in 1821 and went on to sing in a number of other Rossini operas including Semiramide (as Assur) and Otello (as Elmiro). Philip E.J. Robinson and Elizabeth Forbes in Grove Music Online.The present letter was most probably written between 1847 and 1851, when both Lablache and Alboni were performing in Paris. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Autograph letter signed "L. Lablache" to "...
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