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Item 590 - Giacomo Puccini Catalog 537 (Oct 2018)

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Comprehensive collection of private letters from Puccini to his last love, Rose Ader, comprised of twenty-one handwritten letters, most signed, totaling 37 pages, dated 1921-1922. One of the earliest letters, dated April 17, 1921, in part (translated): "I am deeply moved as I write you. I would wish to be able to tell you what I have in my heart—if only you could understand! Besides the distance which separates us there is the matter of the language which prevents us from saying all that we have in our hearts—what good fortune that I should have met you and what misfortune not to be able to speak together! I would have such riches in expression with which to express my great love! A love which will be with me all my life—you cannot imagine what an impression you made on me! Your languid eyes which when they looked at me strike my heart as though to seek an echo of an immense affection. I shall never be able to forget you—my Rosa, what will happen to me. How can I bear being so far away. Yet it is necessary to suffer and to wait. Life is all one waiting and one suffering! Study, study, I beg you on my knees. Study with ardor and feverishly a little of my language. I believe that guided by the love that you have for me you will soon succeed in understanding me. That day will be one of the most beautiful ones of our life….Never have I written in this manner—for you, my joy, I do everything. Love me as I love you! Your love gives me life—you are and will be my poetry. The most beautiful dream. The most beautiful reality." In overall fine condition.

Puccini first saw Rose Ader, a much younger German soprano, during her performance in a revival of Il trittico in February 1921. Immediately infatuated, Puccini desired to meet her and by the spring a love affair had blossomed. Although she was considered a mediocre singer by critics, Puccini's feelings and affection for her are revealed in these deeply passionate letters. It is thought that he wrote the role of Liu in Turandot, his final opera, with Ader in mind. Although she never sung the part in Turandot, which had been left unfinished at the time of Puccini's death in 1924, she did appear in the title role in Puccini's La Boheme at the Teatro Costanzi in 1922. An important collection of this intimate correspondence written to the master composer's last love.

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