Ronconi, Giorgio, Italian operatic baritone (1810-1890). Autograph letter signed.

N. p., 20. XI. 1846.

8vo. 1 p. on bifolium. With autograph address and traces of seal.


To Auguste Eugène Vatel, director of the Théâtre italien de Paris, announcing that he cannot sing Verdi's "Nabucco" or "any other opera" because he is "completely without voice" at the moment: "Non avendo veduta nessuna risposta al mio biglietto di questa mattina, ciò mi fà stare in pena; perciò vengo di nuovo farvi parte che io sono perfettamente senza voce, e che non è possibile ch’io possa domani cantare il Nabucco, ma bensì nessuna altra opera. Voi potete comprendere il mio dispiacere, ma credete essere ciò una pura fatalità [...]".

Ronconi had created the lead role in the premiere of "Nabucco" at the Scala on 9 March 1842, which was Verdi's first big success and launched his stellar career. At the time, Giorgio Ronconi was already an operatic star, with leads in the premieres of several of Gaetano Donizetti's operas. Although his voice was not without flaws, Ronconi managed to compensate this weakness with his acting and stage presence. In 1842 he started his international career, when he first performed at Her Majesty's Theatre in London. Subsequent engagements led him to Vienna, St Petersburg, and New York City.

With traces of former mounting. Minimal foxing and browning.

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