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Opera, as a distinct musical art form, had its beginnings in Italy at the end of the 16th century. Although this spread rapidly throughout the rest of Europe, it was Italy that continued to dominate for the next four centuries.  Operatic performance reached a peak in the 19th century and its stars achieved true international fame, playing lengthy tours to packed opera houses throughout the world. The bel canto style, popularised by the operas of Rossini and Donizetti, achieved prominence in the first half of the 19th century and was then eclipsed by the new bravura style typified by Verdi and Wagner. Puccini and Strauss formed a new wave at the beginning of the 20th century and the century saw a continuation of experiment by Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Philip Glass and others. Light opera and operetta also reached a peak in the Victorian era, particularly the style popularised by the Savoy Operas of Gilbert & Sullivan. With the advent of recording, stars, such as Caruso, became accessible to a whole new audience.

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EMMA ALBANI (1847-1930) Autograph Letter Signed
EMMA ALBANI (1847-1930) Autograph Letter Signed

DAME EMMA ALBANI Autograph Letter Signed. Canadian born British soprano singer.   ALS. 3pp. Park House, Earls Court Road, SW. August 23rd 1901. To Mrs [Kennerley] Rumford (the singer, Clara Butt).   "We are indeed very sorry that, leaving town tomorrow for a visit in North Wales, we shall not be able to come to you neither Sunday nor Monday! I have been very busy with hard work since the 4th - and I want a rest and change - but we return next Saturday tomorrow week and I hope that you will still be in town - as I.....

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GBP95.00
CHARLOTTE BIRCH (b.1815) Autograph Letter
CHARLOTTE BIRCH (b.1815) Autograph Letter

CHARLOTTE BIRCH autograph letter. British soprano singer. AL.  2pp.  9 Huntley Street, Torrington Square.  July 2nd 1839.  To "The Gentlemen of the Committee of the Worcester Festival". Together with the original address wrapper."Miss Birch hopes she may be pardoned for intruding herself upon the notice of the Gentlemen of the Committee, in laying before them the following statement, which in the necessity she feels for doing so, she trusts to receive the honour of their consideration.  Having accepted an engagement, as one of the Principals, Miss Birch has great pleasure in subscribing to the regulations sent to her by the.....

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GBP75.00
MARIE BREMA (1856-1925) Autograph Letter Signed
MARIE BREMA (1856-1925) Autograph Letter Signed

MARIE BREMA Autograph Letter Signed. English born (of German father and American mother) mezzo-soprano singer.   ALS. 3pp. 17 Sussex Villas, Kensington, W. No date [but ca.1901]. To Mrs [Kennerley] Rumford (the singer, Clara Butt).   "My very best congratulations Dear Mrs Rumford. May your little daughter give you all the happiness and sunshine that mine brings me - I can wish you no more. Affectionately, Marie Brema." With a P.S. thanking her for her letters.   12mo. Approx 5.75 x 4.5 inches. Remains of mounting hinge to blank verso of last leaf, else fine.   A pleasing letter, from one.....

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GBP75.00
ADA CROSSLEY (1874-1929) Autograph Letter Signed
ADA CROSSLEY (1874-1929) Autograph Letter Signed

ADA CROSSLEY Autograph Letter Signed. Australian contralto singer.   ALS (the last leaf of a longer letter). No place, no date. [To the baritone singer Kennerley Rumford].   "Give my love to Mrs Rumford. I hope she is keeping fairly well. Yours very sincerely, Ada J. Crossley".   Paper piece being part of the last leaf of a letter. Approx 4.5 x 4.5 inches. Remains of old mounting hinge on verso. Very good.   Ada Crossley came to Europe after making a sensational debut in Melbourne. She quickly became one of the most popular singers of her generation and gave.....

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GBP45.00
CHARLOTTE SAINTON-DOLBY (1821-1885) Autograph Letter Signed
CHARLOTTE SAINTON-DOLBY (1821-1885) Autograph Letter Signed

CHARLOTTE SAINTON-DOLBY autograph letter Signed. British (English) contralto singer.   ALS. 1p. 5 Upper Wimpole Street, W. December 19th [no year]. To "My Dear Sir".   "Shall I keep the 30th inst for the National Choral Society or do you wish the engagement for the 23rd to be . . . [?]".   12mo. Approx 5.5 x 3.5 inches. Mounting traces to top corners of blank verso, else fine.   Charlotte Sainton-Dolby studied under Crivelli at the Royal Academy of Music and made her Royal Philharmonic Society debut in 1841. She was a favourite singer of Mendelssohn and the contralto.....

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GBP85.00
EVA TURNER (1892-1990) Autograph Letter Signed
EVA TURNER (1892-1990) Autograph Letter Signed

EVA TURNER autograph Letter Signed. Dame Eva Turner. British (English) soprano singer. ALS.  2pp.  Hotel Metropole, London, WC2.  27th July 1928.  To [Richard] Capell, the noted and influential music critic on the Daily Mail (and later, the Daily Telegraph). "Following your arousal of the British Public to my merits, comes Chicago with a wish to test your "find" and accordingly they have booked me for a long contract to appear at their Civic Opera House among the Stars of the World when I hope to repeat my House success and uphold the enconiums accorded me by the 'Daily Mail', seconded.....

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GBP125.00
GENEVIEVE WARD (1837-1922) Autograph Letter Signed
GENEVIEVE WARD (1837-1922) Autograph Letter Signed

DAME GENEVIEVE WARD Autograph Letter Signed. American born British soprano singer and actress.   ALS. 3pp. 22 Avenue Road, Regent's Park, N.W. August 29th 1895. To [William] Woodall. Together with a fine contemporary portrait photograph.   "Will you kindly nominate Frank Cooper for the position of Boatman - outdoor Branch - he is an excellent young fellow in whom brother and I are much interested. His mother, a most worthy woman, takes charge of our house in Shanklin. I know you are always ready to do a kind action, & that is my excuse for troubling you. With many thanks.....

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GBP95.00
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