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Puccini, Giacomo
AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED (“GPUCCINI”), TO MARIA BIANCA GINORI, 24 DECEMBER 1923
about the final revision of Manon Lescaut, staged at La Scala with Gilda Dalla Rizza in the title role, who has had more success than the year before, informing her that he has occasionally been hunting but there’s little or nothing to catch, so he is stuck with his wife Elvira who has been confined to bed with influenza for that week (“...figurati che allegria!...”), and thanking her for her letter to the Ministry on his behalf (...Fu ripresa Manon alla Scala con la dalla Rizza con maggiore successo dell’anno scorso...").

1 page, 4to (c.26.7 x 21cm), printed stationery, autograph envelope, Viareggio, “Vigilia di natale”, [24 December] 1923


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Catalogue Note

1923 saw the thirtieth-anniversary production of Manon Lescaut, containing Puccini's final revisions to the score.  It was conducted by Toscanini, with Gilda Dalla Rizza (1892-1975) in the title role; she was one of Puccini's favourite sopranos and his preferred choice for Liu in Turandot.  Maria Ginori Lisci was the daughter of Marchese Carlo Ginori-Lisci, the dedicatee of La bohème, who granted Puccini hunting rights on his neighbouring estate.  

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