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Puccini, Giacomo
FIVE AUTOGRAPH LETTERS TO SYBIL SELIGMAN ABOUT LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST, SIGNED (“GPUCCINI”), TWO INCOMPLETE
reporting the final stages of his completion of the opera, which he regards as his best, mentioning Toscanini, and considering Sybil’s suggestion to stage it at Drury Lane, doubting if Ricordi has an arrangement with the theatre, and concluding that Covent Garden would be best (“...riprendo il mio lavoro che spero finire nel mese di luglio......La Girl [of the Golden West] è all'ultima scena, fra poco dunque è finita! Che lavoro!...Girl dunque è fin[ita]...La Girl è riuscita (per me) la mia miglior opera…”), informing her that “La Girl” will come to London in May, according to Higgins, the impresario at Covent Garden, and asks Sybil for the exact form of words to use in the dedication of the score to Queen Alexandra; Puccini also enquires about Maeterlinck’s play L’oiseau bleu as he wishes to see it when he comes to London, discusses travelling in Spain by car, especially to San Sebastian, and his departure to New York for La fanciulla del West  in November

5 pages, on 8vo letter-cards, one on a postcard of Torre del Lago, printed stationery, autograph address-panels , Torre del Lago, Viareggio and Milan, 15 June to 29 September 1910, 2 stamps removed with loss of text and one letter with loss at the end


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Two letters are published in V. Seligman, Puccini among Friends (1938), pp.192-193

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