1 page, 4to (25.3 x 20.9cm), integral autograph address leaf ("Il Sr Zenone Cazzioletto [sic] / Primo Tenore al Teatro / Treviso"), postmarked, Naples, 30 October 1818
This letter shows Rossini negotiating with a tenor to sing at Naples, rather than leaving it to the impresario there, Domenico Barbaja. It is not clear for which opera Rossini hoped to secure Cazzioletti’s services, as he did not appear in the premieres of Ricciardo e Zoraide in December 1818, or the revised Armida in January 1819, but instead sang Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola in Venice. Rossini did on rare occasions sign himself "Gioacchino": see the letter to his mother of 27 February 1816, and another letter to Cazzioletti of 20 January 1818. Although known as Gioachino, he more often signs these early letters just "Rossini" (or, to his parents, "V[ostro] F[iglio]"). Rossini was evidently close to the singer, addressing him in the familiar "tu" form.
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