Autograph letter signed "A. Tamburini" to Louis Viardot, Director of the Théâtre Italien
by TAMBURINI, Antonio 1800-1876
Tamburini, a noted Italian baritone, created and/or premièred important roles in multiple operas by Bellini and Donizetti. Alongside famed tenor Giovanni Rubini (1794-1854), who originated Gualtiero, he created the role of Ernesto in Il pirata. As mentioned in the present letter, he created Valdeburgo in La straniera in 1829. Along with Rubini, Giulia Grisi (1811-1869), and Luigi Lablache (1794-1858) he was one of the famous 'Puritani quartet', who in 1835 created Bellini's opera. "In 1832 Tamburini appeared for the first time at the Théâtre Italien, Paris, singing Dandini (La Cenerentola), Assur (Semiramide), the title role of Mosè in Egitto and Valdeburgo. For a decade he sang alternately in London and Paris... His voice was rich, sweet, extensive and equal... and in every part of it entirely under control. His execution has never been exceeded... No one since himself has so thorough combined grandeur, accent, florid embellishment and solidity." Elizabeth Forbes in Grove Music Online.French critic and translator Louis Viardot (1800-1883) was the director of the Théâtre Italien from 1838 until 1840, when he left his post following his marriage to the brilliant young singer, Pauline Garcia (1821-1910). Indeed their wedding took place in April 1840, shortly after this letter was written.. 2 pp. of a bifolium. Octavo. Dated February 8, 1840. In black ink. On stationery with Tamburini's monogram embossed at head of each leaf. With two round blindstamps of the Collection Viardot to upper and lower portion of first page. In French (with translation).Tamburini wishes Viardot had chosen Bellini's La straniera to allow him to show off the full extent of his skills."I am charmed that you have chosen Il pirata for Mr. [Giovanni] Rubini's benefit; even though an artist like him has no need of a great role to shine, nevertheless it is always good to present oneself in this score which has place him above all known tenors. As for me, my role was written at the beginning of my career, and Bellini did not bother to slip in any aria; but he wrote La straniera to compensate me for it. Certainly you would do well, Sir, to give your artists the benefit of the scores they prefer. I would have also liked to be one of the ones selected."Creased at folds. (Inventory #: 24186)
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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