Swedish soprano Christine Nilsson was one of the greatest international opera stars of the 1860s and 1870s. "In 1883 for the opening season of the Metropolitan Opera House, she sang Marguerite in the inaugural performance of Faust (22 October) and the title role in the first local performance of Ponchielli's La Gioconda (20 December)... Her voice, though not large, was pure and brilliant in timbre, immensely flexible and perfectly even in scale for two and a half octaves up to top E. Ophelia, Marguerite and Mignon were probably her finest roles, while an attractive appearance and a graceful stage personality were great assets in such parts as Violetta." Elizabeth Forbes in Grove Music Online.. 3 pp. of a bifolium. Octavo. Dated [London?] Sunday. In black ink. If his wife will accept her on December 4th instead of the 3rd, Nilsson with lunch with Mr. Yates. She seems to have requested the later date because "as a rule I never go out visiting on the same day I have to sing."Slightly worn and stained; creased at folds, with small tear to lower portion of central fold. Together with a steel engraving published by John A. Lowell in Boston, 1888. 178 x 117 mm. Slightly worn; small tear to upper margin. (Inventory #: 23668)
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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