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Printed contract with the Royal Italian Opera, Covent Garden, London, completed in contemporary manuscript and signed in the tenor's autograph "E. Tamberlick."
Tamberlick was one of the most famous tenors of the 19th century. He made his début in Naples in 1840 and in London in 1850, singing at Covent Garden regularly until 1864, including roles as the first Manrico, Benvenuto Cellini, and Faust in London; he created the role of Alvaro in La Forza del Destino at its world premiere in St. Petersburg in 1862. He also appeared in Buenos Aires, Paris, Madrid, and Moscow. "His robust voice, with its ringing top notes... was marked by a fast vibrato, but his musicianship and handsome, exciting stage presence made him a superb interpreter of heroic roles." Elizabeth Forbes in Grove Music Online. In 1849 Frederick Gye (1809-1878) "obtained the lease of Covent Garden, initially for seven years though he remained there until 1877. He introduced many operas to London, including Rigoletto (1853), Il trovatore (1855), Don Carlos (1867), Aida (1876), Lohengrin (1875) and Tannhäuser (1876), with artists including Patti, Albani, Pauline Lucca, Tamberlik, Faure and Maurel." Harold Rosenthal in Grove Music Online.. 1 page (ca. 306 x 224 mm.). [London, 1855.] In French. Frederick Gye, director of the Royal Italian Opera, engages Tamberlick as "Primo Tenore Assoluto" from April 10 to August 11th, 1855 for 2160 pounds per month. Tamberlick is not to sing anywhere else without Gye's permission, and must arrive four days before his first performance for rehearsals. Gye is to furnish his costumes, and has the right to renew the engagement for 1856 and 1857. Slightly worn, soiled, and browned; creased at folds and somewhat overall; several very small holes, not affecting text; minor remnants of tape to verso.
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