MARCELLA SEMBRICH - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 12/10/1891 - HFSID 174557
Sale Price $288.00
MARCELLA SEMBRICH. ALS: "Marcella Sembrich-Stengel", 2p, 5½x8¾, separate sheets. Frankfurt, 1891 October 12. On letterhead of Englischer HOF/J.G. Bertholdt Erben. In German, not translated, but to a theater director informing him that she is ill with a migraine and cannot make the premiere. She suggests that he cancel the production.Considered the greatest coloratura soprano of her day, Polish-born Marcella Sembrich (1858-1935), born Praxede Marcelline Kochanska, made her operatic debut in Athens in 1877. She appeared in Dresden and London before making her debut at the initial season of the New York Metropolitan Opera in 1883. Although Sembrich retired from the Met in 1909, she continued to tour in concert until 1917. Sembrich, whose voice was captured on numerous recordings, later became a noted vocal teacher at the Curtis Institute and Julliard School. Also a talented pianist and violinist, Sembrich had been taught and mentored by Wilhelm Stengel, whom she married in 1877. Lightly creased with folds, not at signature. Chipped at blank right edge to right of signature. Slightly soiled. Light paper clip impressions at upper margins of both pages. Overall, fine condition.
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