2 L.A.S. "Giulio Massenet" and "J. Massenet", Turin Sunday and Monday, February 10-11, 1878, to HIS WIFE; 4 pages in-8 each, the 2nd with G. Hartmann Editor's letterhead (a few small slits in thefolds).
Beautiful letters from Turin, where Massenet and his publisher Hartmann have The King of Lahore represented.
They met Philippe Gille du Figaro, on his way to Rome for the Pope's funeral : "The three of us go to the Theatre where they rehearse the Ballet of the 3rd Act & the chorus - [...] he is a witness of the welcome I get here - of the respect they have for Maestro Illo"... Then they visited the city, as banal as "an Italian Brussels", chatted, dined together; Gille is counting on their dispatches on the premiere... He and Hartmann went to the opera, where they admired Don Carlo, and received visits: "We are the focus of everyone's attention. - The poster reads: Mercoledi 13 prima rapresentazione il Re di Lahore grandiosa opera - ballo - !!!!! del cavaliere Giulio Massenet "... Sunday morning, rehearsal of the staging, directed by Hartmann... - Sunday evening, "we honoured the opera with our presence - we performed Un ballo in maschero del Mo VERDI - then a great ballet in 7 acts & 19 tableaux! "... This Monday, they are expecting Ricordi at half past twelve, after a session with the first photographer of the city, rehearsals, the study with Signora Mecocci and Signor Fancelli, of whom Massenet makes a caricatured drawing... In the evening, "granda prova generale"...". You'd be very surprised if you knew that since Faust no gd opera work by a new French author has been given in Italy. That's why, since yesterday, the newspapers have only dealt with the Pope's death and Wednesday's premiere. - The hall will be decorated with carpets, flowers - girandola eta. It's quite an event - and when I let our fears of a fall or failure show through I see them so quiet and happy that I doubt that the manag