21 November 2012
MEYERBEER, Giacomo (1791-1864). Autograph letter signed TO HEINRICH HEINE, [Paris], 14 June 1831, asking if he would like to attend the premier of the new opera by Scribe and Auber, and offering him a seat in his mother's box, one page, 8vo, integral address leaf ('À Monsieur Heine') (traces of guards, splits at folds with remnant of tape in one place, affecting signature). Provenance: Stargardt, 28 October 1955, catalogue 524, lot 372.
'Haben sie Lust Morgen die erste Vorstellung einer neuen Oper von Scribe u. Auber in der großen Oper zu hören? Und wollen Sie uns in diesem Falle die Freude machen ein Platz in der Loge meiner Mutter anzunehmen? '
The opera in question was Auber's Le philtre, with a libretto by Eugène Scribe. Scribe's other notable collaboration that year was with Meyerbeer himself, on Robert le Diable, which was to open five months later, bringing Meyerbeer instant fame.
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