Autograph letter signed "G Puccini" to the soprano Zorah Dorly in Brussels
by PUCCINI, Giacomo 1858-1924
Zorah Dorly (born 1873) was an operatic soprano at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels who was known for her interpretations of Madame Butterfly and Manon Lescaut. She and Puccini had been in contact since at least 1897, when she sent him an autograph postcard photograph of herself; indeed, several postcard photographs of her in the role of Butterfly survive, and it is undoubtedly to one or more of these that Puccini refers in this letter.. 1 page. Octavo. Dated Milan, January 29, 10. On stationery with "Via Verdi, 4, Milano." embossed at head. Blindstamp "The Letterette, Patent Rivoli J.W. & Co. Ltd. London" to lower margin. With integral address panel to verso. In Italian (with translation). Puccini mentions some picture postcards of Madama Butterfly, which Dorly has presumably sent to him. He wishes her continued success in her singing career. "I kept the pretty postcards of Butterfly - what nice things... I wish you a world of wonderful things and continued success." Slightly worn, foxed, and stained; creased at folds with some small tears; minor chip to blank left margin; minor annotations in pencil and red pen; tape repair to central fold on verso. (Inventory #: 23356)
Musical Autographs and Manuscripts; Rare Books on Music and Dance; First and Early Editions of Printed Music; Prints, Drawings and Ephemera relating to Music and Dance including Opera and Ballet.
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