Sophie Arnould

Arnould, Sophie

French opera singer (1744-1803). Autograph letter signed. Paris. 4to. 2 pages with address and postmark; broken red wax seal.
$ 3,328 / 2.800 € (80023)

Spiritual and moving letter from the former singer in misery to Jaques Cellerier (1742-1814), director of Le Théâtre des Arts. "You promised me, my kind, and very old friend, your services, your good offices, relative to my interests, eh! I claim them, because I find myself in a position so embarrassed, that I am forced to live as a poor wretch, to take my cazanier, and to deprive me of everything.“ French singer (soprano) and performer of Christoph Willibald Gluck, for whom she created the role of Eurydice inOrphée et Eurydice and the title role in Iphigénie en Aulide.

According to her contemporaries, her voice was more beautiful than powerful, but she was a passionate actress. Her lack of discipline in both her professional and personal life led to a premature vocal decline..

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