Barroilhet, Paul, French operatic baritone (1810-1872). Autograph letter signed.

N. p. o. d., [1842-1843].

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

 220.00

To the composer Fromental Halévy, concerning a successful performance of Halévy's bolero "La Venta" and anticipating the premiere of the opera "Charles VI" at the Paris Opera on 15 March 1843: "Et ma mélodie tant promise? J’insiste d’autant plus sur l’accomplissement de votre promesse qu’hier la Venta a eu au Collège Louis le Grand, un des succès les plus furibonds dont j’aie jamais été témoin. J’ai cru que la salle allait crouler sous le trépignement frénétique de cette jeunesse ardente. Il m’a fallu bon gré, mal gré répéter cette ravissante bluette, étincelante d’originalité et de distinction. Ainsi donc, vite ma sœur jumelle à cette Venta si applaudie. À l’œuvre !… et la voix et le cœur de votre Charles VI ne vous feront jamais défaut ! [...]".

Paul Barroilhet created the lead in "Charles VI", which is considered Halévy's last resounding success at the Paris Opera. The baritone is best remembered for originating roles in several operas by Gaetano Donizetti and Halévy. Following a conflict with the management of the Paris Opera in 1847, Barroilhet retired from the stage and found a new vocation as a painter and art collector.

On stationery with embossed monogram. Traces of former mounting; several tears and stains (one tear affecting the text but no loss).

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