Gabrielle Krauss. Adelina Patti. Christina Nilson.
4to (286 x 209mm. 11¼ x 8¼".), blue nineteenth century demi-toilé covers with gilt names on front cover and title on spine with patterning; also two facsimile letters bound inside. Some scuffing and wearing to the covers.
Biographical notes in French on the following three singers. [Marie] Gabrielle Krauss (1842-1906), was an Austrian soprano. She studied at the Vienna Conservatory with Marchesi. She made her debut in Berlin (1859) as Mathilde in William Tell. Adelina Patti (1843-1919) was a Spanish 19th-century opera singer. The composer Verdi described her as being perhaps the finest singer who had ever lived and a 'stupendous artist'. Christina Nilsson (1843-1921) was a Swedish operatic soprano who was considered a rival to the Victorian era's most famous diva, Adelina Patti. She became a member of Royal Swedish Academy of Music in 1869. The first letter in French over eleven lines, dated 'Paris, 1er Mai 1869' and signed 'Gabrielle Krauss', with her giving permission and recognition of the author's 'Étoiles du Chant'. Second letter in French over sixteen lines, dated 'Paris, 1er Mai 1868', and signed 'Adelina Patti', with her giving the author recognition, praise and permission to include her in hits 'Étoiles du Chant'. The author was Guy de Charnace (1825-1909), and he was a French jouranlist, agronomist and musicologist.
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