The manuscript note (3 1/2" x 4 1/2") reads "Genoa, March 20, 1890. Dear Sir, For me and for Peppina, thank you then for the 40th time; and we hope to see you again some time - Yours truly G. Verdi". Peppina was Verdi's wife, Giuseppina Strepponi, the great dramatic soprano (1815 - 1897), for whom Verdi wrote Abigaille in 'Nabucco' and which she created in the world premiere, 1842. Fine condition
Alongside the note is a portrait of Verdi (4 1/2" x 3 1/2"), signed in the print; below the image is printed "Giuseppe Verdi 2180". The note and portrait are beautifully matted and framed in wood and gilt. The frame size is 13" x 18 1/2" Item #22010
Giuseppe Verdi (1813 - 1901), best known for his operas, was one of the most influential figures in the history of opera. The note was written towards the end of Verdi's long and successful life. Ungainly and awkward in society in his early years, "as he became a man of property and underwent the civilizing influence of Giuseppina,...[he] acquired assurance and authority." - Julian Budden, opera writer.