CARL ROSA - AUTOGRAPH SENTIMENT SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: ADA DYAS - HFSID 304784
Sale Price $126.00
CARL ROSA and ADA DYAS
The opera conductor is among three clipped signatures affixed to a sheet, which bears a large, signed fragment of a letter from the actress on verso
Autograph Sentiment signed: "Freundliche Empfehlung [Ger: "kind recommendation"]/Carl Rosa", 3¼x1¼ slip affixed to a 7x9 page with two sentiments by unidentified signers. Autograph Letter fragment on verso signed: "Ada Dyas", 4½x5. Included portion, in full: "Please excuse scribble. I must get my letter posted early and extend your darling husband his kind remembrances. And with all good wishes for myself believe me very sincerely [signature] a letter addressed". German-born conductor CARL ROSA (1842-1889) was concert master in Hamburg (1863) before moving to England and began touring America, leading operas performed in English. In 1867 he married Scottish soprano Euphrosyne Parepa, and together they formed the Parepa Rosa Opera Company. Parepa died in 1874, ending plans to produce an opera with W. S. Gilbert at Drury Lane Theatre, to be titled Trial by Jury. Instead Gilbert took the plan to the rival D'Oyly Carte company, where he teamed up with composer Arthur Sullivan for the first time! Carl Rosa continued his role of popularizing opera in England and the US, performing the standard Continental repertoire as well as works by English composers, all sung in English. Altogether, he performed about 150 different operas. Before his death, Rosa formed a new company to perform operettas, producing one of them, Paul Jones. Irish actress ADA DYAS (1843-1908) made her London stage debut in Henry IV (1861), but gained fame with her dual roles in The Woman in White (1871). She made her first New York appearance in Man and Wife (1872). Her performance as Claire Folliott in Boucicault's The Shaughraun is mentioned in Edith Wharton's novel, The Age of Innocence. Signatures and letter lightly soiled. Ink residue on letter (not affecting signature). Otherwise, fine condition.
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