Mathilde Marchesi, née Graumann, was one of the most important singing teachers of her time. Born in Germany, she spent many years in Paris. Some of her most famous students, such as Mary Garden and Nellie Melba, came from the English-speaking world.Among Marchesi's students mentioned in the letter, the following can be identified: Blanche Sylvana (married Blackman), listed in Stokes' Encyclopedia of Music and Musicians (2nd ed., 1909, p. 488) among the faculty of Peabody Conservatory in 1908; Florence Toronta (born Florence Brimson, 1873-1953), who derived her stage name from her birthplace, Toronto; and Rose Ettinger (1877-1909), who hailed from Iowa and died in England. All three appeared at a student recital in Paris in April 1897 (see Le Ménestrel 63, no. 14, April 4, 1897, p. 111).. Octavo. 3 pp. of a bifolium. Dated Le Tréport (Haute-Normandie), August 10, 1898. In black ink. In German (with translation).Marchesi answers a letter from a former student of hers, "Elisabeth," who has recently moved to Rio de Janeiro. She wonders why her student chose that remote location before reporting, as requested, on the progress of some of Elisabeth's classmates:"... You forgot to mention one thing... For what reason have you chosen far-away Rio [de] Janeiro?... I would be pleased if you would occasionally send me a little report about your artistic experiences... Unfortunately, you did not give me enough time to discharge you from my care as an accomplished singer... Fräulein Sylvana has completed her studies with me this winter... Toronta sang... very successfully with the Damrosch and Melba Society in America... Fräulein Ettinger has completed glorious tours... She will study with me again between September and December and start her concert travels again in January... Lydia Illyna, a Russian student, has been engaged... by the Theâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels..."Very slightly worn; creased at fold. (Inventory #: 23691)
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