Giuseppe Verdi

Italian composer, 1813-1901

Verdi was the most influential and eminent opera composer of the Romantic era. His operas remain today extremely popular, especially the three peaks of his „middle period“: Rigoletto, Il trovatore and La traviata. His operas are frequently staged around the world. The Operabase listings for 2013–2014 show La traviata as the most performed opera during this period (659 performances). Other Verdi operas in the top 20 are Rigoletto (8th place, 445 performances), Aida (12th place, 304 performances), Nabucco (16th place, 304 performances) and Il trovatore (18th place, 232 performances).

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Verdi, Giuseppe

Komponist (1813–1901). Autograph letter signed ("GVerdi"). Mailand. 1 S. 8vo. Mit eh. adr. Kuvert.
$ 10,582 / 9.500 € (35042)

To the Italian novelist Edmondo de Amicis. In case that the devil does not foil his plans ("se il diavolo non mette le corna"), Verdi will arrive in Genova at Saturday, 6 o'clock in the evening. Further on a program that de Amicis is up to arrange: "No. 1. Peppina, 2. Comm: De Amicis, 3. Contadino de St. Agata [...]". – Together with a portrait postcard in passe-partout (210:296 mm).

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Verdi, Giuseppe

Italian composer (1813-1901). Autograph letter signed. Paris. 8vo. 1 page. With address.
$ 5,013 / 4.500 € (61498)

To the Italian poet, translator and librettist Andrea Maffei (1798-1885) telling him that the composer Emanuele Muzio (1821-1890) is coming to Milano. - For Giuseppe Verdi he wrote the famous libretto for „I masnadieri“.

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Verdi, Giuseppe

Komponist (1813-1901). Autograph letter signed ("G. Verdi"). Mailand. 1½ SS. auf Doppelblatt. 8vo. Mit eh. Adresse.
$ 8,354 / 7.500 € (60935/BN44917)

In Italian, to Léon Escudier, the French publisher of Giuseppe Verdi's works: "I have received almost contemporaneously your very much valued letters. Lucca has assured me that you would have the preference of the Opera of London, and that this affair shall be definitively concluded when I and Lucca in April shall pass through Paris to go to London. As to the Opera, it suffices that you sustain me. I want to advise you that in the Carnival of 1847 I must write an Opera for L. which shall be performed in Rome, thus I could not make in that period another Opera.

For the present we must suspend this business, and the case wh shall speak of it when I shall be in Paris. Give me news of Ernania [...]" (transl.). - Traces of folds; small tear on f. 2. Formerly the property of a private Chicago-area collector..

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Verdi, Giuseppe

Italian composer (1813-1901). 8 autograph calling cards, one holograph envelope, and one telegram. No place. Altogether 9 ff. and envelope.
$ 8,354 / 7.500 € (72735/BN46753)

All addressed to Count Andrea Zorzi, an eccentric Venetian nobleman from an ancient family and a supporter of Verdi; he is said to have owned a silver cane upon which the titles of each Verdi opera were engraved as he heard them. Most items with a short sentence or two: "ringrazio e contraccambio auguri di gran cuore". - Condition varies: some are browned; the telegram is chipped with some loss and toning.

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Verdi, Giuseppe

Italian composer (1813-1901). Autograph calling card. No place. Calling card format. 1 page.
$ 1,671 / 1.500 € (72867/BN46939)

To the unnamed Count Andrea Zorzi, an eccentric Venetian nobleman from an ancient family and a supporter of Verdi (he is said to have owned a silver cane upon which the titles of each Verdi opera were engraved as he heard them): "ringrazio e contraccambio gli auguri". - Mild toning.

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Verdi, Giuseppe

Visitenkarte mit einigen e. Zeilen.
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Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901), Komponist. Visitenkarte mit einigen e. Zeilen. O. O. u. D. 1 S. Visitkartenformat. Mit e. Kuvert. – Empfehlungsschreiben in italienischer Sprache für Giuseppe de Amicis. – Etwas gebräunt und (die Verso-Seite stärker) fleckig.


Verdi, Giuseppe

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Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901), Komponist. Visitenkarte mit einigen e. Zeilen. [Genua], o. D. 1 S. Visitkartenformat. Mit e. Kuvert. – In italienischer Sprache an seinen Verleger Giulio Ricordi (1840–1912).


Verdi, Giuseppe

Autograph letter signed ("G. Verdi").
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To Conte Baldini, expressing his gratitude for what Baldini did to make his stay at Rimini comfortable: "[...] Io ho sempre nuovi obblighi verso di lei, e verso i Riminesi. Essi hanno usata tanta cordialità e gentilezza durante il mio soggiorno in Rimini, e mi prodigarono tante onorevoli dimostrazioni per quel poco che io seppi fare, che io ne sarò sempre riconoscente [...]". - Rather spotty, and some tears to folds; tape remnants.


Verdi, Giuseppe

Visitenkarte m. 4 e. Zeilen
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Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901), ital. Komponist. Gestochene Visitenkarte mit vier e. Zeilen, Genua, 31. Dezember 1876, eine Seite Visitformat. Verdi sendet Neujahrswünsche für das Ehepaar De Castrone-Marchesi: „[Giuseppe Verdi] contracambia con tutto il cuore ogni auguripel 1877 ai conjugi De Castrone-Marchesi | Genova 31|12|76“. – Der Bariton Salvatore Marchesi, Cavaliere di Castrone (1822-1908) musste Italien in den 40er Jahren wegen seiner politischenHaltung verlassen; sein Debut hatte er 1848 in New York mit Verdi’s „Ernani“. 1852 heiratete er die Mezzo-Sopranistin Mathilde Gauermann (1821-1913). Beide wurden bekannte Gesangslehrer, zu ihren bedeutendsten Schülerin zählt Nellie Melba.


Verdi, Giuseppe

Portrait photograph signed.
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Fine head-and-shoulders-portrait from the studio of P. Tempestini - Spezia e Montecatini.


Verdi, Giuseppe

Cabinet photograph signed ("G Verdi") and a locket which is claimed to contain some of his hair.
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