FORTUNE GALLO - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 10/17/1923 - HFSID 189941
Sale Price $180.00
Signed, typed letter on his personal letterhead as opera impresario
Typed Letter signed: "Fortune Gallo", 1 page, 8½x7¼. New York, N.Y., 1923 October 17. On letterhead of his opera and ballet companies to James Francis Cooke, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In full: ""Mr. Isaacson reminded me about taking care of some of your musicians for the midweek matinees. This is perfectly satisfactory to me and you can arrange to have the tickets. Also if you would like to have a few of these people attend some of the evening performances will be glad to arrange that also. With all best wishes, Sincerely yours". Italian-born Fortune Gallo (1878-1970) immigrated to the United States in 1895. After becoming active in local politics and arranging to have Italian musical groups tour the US, Gallo used his financial and managerial skills to become business manager, and then owner, of a series of performance companies, most famously the San Carlo Opera Company. In 1927, he built the Gallo Opera House in New York City, much later to become the site of the Studio 54 nightclub. Called "the cut rate opera king," Gallo managed not only to make opera profitable in America, but to attract mass audiences to his shows. The letter's recipient, James Francis Cooke, was a well known music writer and teacher. Mailing folds at signature. Otherwise, fine condition.
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