Autograph letter signed "Adelaide Sartoris" to an unidentified correspondent
by KEMBLE, Adelaide 1814-1879
Kemble was an English soprano and younger daughter of the actor Charles Kemble. "In 1835 she sang in the Concerts of Ancient Music on 13 and 20 May, in a performance of Messiah given by the Royal Society of Musicians on 10 June, and at the York Festival in September. Subsequently she studied in Paris, Germany (1837) and Italy (1839), where she had lessons at Giuditta Pasta's house on Lake Como. Later that year she appeared as Norma at La Fenice, and in the season of 1840-41 she performed in Bellini's Beatrice di Tenda and Rossini's Otello at the S Carlo, Naples. She also sang at Trieste, Padua, Bologna and Mantua. Her sister Frances Kemble reported that she appeared at La Scala but this is not confirmed by Gatti. In 1841 she returned to England and on 2 November appeared with great success in an English version of Norma at Covent Garden. During the following year she sang in English versions of Le nozze di Figaro, La sonnambula, Rossini's Semiramide, Cimarosa's Il matrimonio segreto and Mercadante's Elena da Feltre in London and Dublin. In 1843 she married Edward John Sartoris and retired from professional singing. Later she turned to writing fiction and her novel A Week in a French Country-House (1867) has many references to music. According to her sister her voice was of mezzo-soprano register, which she extended by study." W.H. Husk and George Biddlecombe in Grove Music Online.. 1 page of a bifolium. Octavo (ca. 178 x 114 mm). Dated February 11, 78. In ink on ivory paper. "I am sorry to hear of your trouble. I shall leave this at your door, when I come to enquire & hope to have good news. Send me a little line to say whether your would like to see me, or whether under the circumstances it would be inconvenient & a bore... "Slightly worn and soiled; creased at folds; several very small, light stains to blank upper margin, not affecting text. (Inventory #: 27045)
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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