The recto with: eight measures written and signed by the French composer Charles Lecocq, from his wildly successful "La fille de Madame Angot" which when premiered in Paris in 1873, was performed for more than 400 nights consecutively. Inscribed to Ugalde and dated 20 May, 1873; an unidentified inscription; a heartfelt inscription from Rossini's friend and biographer, Alexis Azevedo, dated 17 July, 1870.
The verso with: a three-measure 1869 quotation by Fauré, celebrated French baritone and composer, creator of important roles by Massé, Thomas, Meyerbeer, Verdi and others, who has penned a selection from his own Sacred Song for Voice and Piano, "Les Rameaux", with a trimmed albumen photograph of him affixed beneath; a heartfelt 1869 inscription by Capoul, the great French tenor, creator of Offenbach's Vert-Vert and Masse's Paul et Virginie, who writes that he is "so happy of your return to us, that I embrace you as strongly as I admire you"; an 1870 inscription from Dejazet, important French actress, who writes that her "voice remains always charming, even when it is speaking, it is your great heart which sings," and with a trimmed albumen photograph of her affixed beneath; with one additional unidentifed inscription lower left, dated 1873.
Ugalde "studied in Paris with Cinti-Damoreau and made her début in 1848 at the Opéra-Comique as Angèle in Auber's Le domino noir, a role created by her teacher. In 1851 she sang at Her Majesty's Theatre, London, as Delilah in Auber's L'enfant prodigue. In 1858 she sang Leonora (Il trovatore) at the Paris Opéra and was then engaged at the Théâtre Lyrique. In 1863 she moved to the Bouffes-Parisiens, where in 1867 she sang in her own operetta, Halte au moulin. She retired in 1871." (Elizabeth Forbes, Grove Online) (Inventory #: 12692)