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La Figlia del West?

PUCCINI, Giacomo (1858-1924). Italian composer.
Autograph Letter Signed to Sybil Seligman, 1 page large 8vo (on a folded letter-form with address on the reverse), Torre Del Lago, 30 August 1908. With a translation. Commiserating with her on having been robbed, asking whether she likes the Venetian Lido (Sybil was staying at the Excelsior Hotel) and expressing dismay at the state of a piano which had been delivered.
Sybil Seligman was Puccini's most constant female friend and at this time she was almost certainly his mistress.
'... As for the piano, I don't know to whom to write in order to protest - it seemed a good one when it arrived, and I hoped that it would improve once it had been broken in ... I'm going to call the Opera either La Figlia del West or else L'Occidente d'oro - which of the two titles do you prefer?'
In the event of course neither title prevailed. La fancuilla del West [The Girl of the Golden West], to a libretto by Belasco, was first performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York on 10 December 1910.
[No: 23427]

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