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Letter signed by Bidu Sayão (1932)

Letter signed by Bidu Sayão (1932)

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"I ask the Scala management to confirm the program and rehearsal day to arrive in Milan on time."

  • Letter signed by Bidu Sayão to Jenner Mataloni - Superintendent of Teatro La Scala from 1932 to 1943 - who left a handwritten comment at the bottom.
  • One page.
  • In Italian.
  • 21.6 cm x 28.9 cm.
  • October 17, 1932, in Rome.
  • Perfect condition.
  • Unique piece.

Translation into Portuguese, typed part

Rome, October 17, 1932

Honorable direction of Teatro La Scala Milan

Participate in the concert “Pro Opere Assistenziali” (Concert for works of fascist aid) at the Teatro La Scala at the invitation of the Federal Secretary Consul Brusa whom I accepted, and having agreed on the program, namely: “l 'aria della Pazzia della Lucia” (scene of madness in “Lucia di Lammermoor”), the barber duo with Galeffi and the Rigoletto quartet with the other performers, I ask this management to confirm the program and the rehearsal day to arrive in Milan on time. In accordance with the contract.

Bidu Sayao Mocchi
Regina Hotel
Pomegranate


Translation into Portuguese, handwritten part

Monday, the 17th With regard to the latest communication from the Federal Secretary, I confirm that full responsibility for organizing the concert was entrusted to the administration of La Scala, which drew up a previously approved program and whose implementation is entrusted exclusively to artists, choir and orchestra of the current Scala season. Thanks

Jenner Malatoni (Superintendent of the La Scala Theater from 1932 to 1943)

That Brazil presented the world with formidable athletes and renowned painters is nothing new. However, not only in the visual arts or in sport did the natives of this Tupiniquim land gain international recognition, Brazilian music also conquered the United States and Europe with its voices and rhythm. One of the singers who built this legacy is Bidu Sayão (1902 - 1999), a famous lyrical interpreter who shone in the most famous theaters in the world during the 20th century.

Born in Itaguaí, a municipality in the metropolitan region of Rio de Janeiro, in 1902, Balduína de Oliveira Sayão, our beloved Bidu, began studying singing at a young age, with a Romanian teacher who then lived in Brazil. Seeing the talent of the young woman from Rio de Janeiro, the teacher took her to Romania, where Bidu continued her studies. The change of continent opened new paths for the singer, who in the late 1920s began performing in theaters in France and Italy.

In 1932, Bidu achieved the great honor of being invited to sing at the Teatro alla Scala, in Milan, as we can see in the letter she wrote to the director of this legendary space. Opened in 1778, the Teatro alla Scala is one of the most famous opera houses in the world. Surely, being invited to perform there must have been an immense joy for the singer, but how did the girl from the interior of Rio de Janeiro feel upon receiving such an invitation? Thrilled? Ecstatic?

Whatever his feelings, the words in his letter were restrained and professional, Bidu treated the honor naturally, simply asking about the program and rehearsal dates. She didn't want to arrive in Milan late.

Another interesting aspect of the letter is that the performance in which Bidu would participate was a fascist benefit concert. Although this is an almost absurd idea for us, inhabitants of the 21st century, it is important to remember that, at the beginning of the 1930s, both fascism and Nazism were not yet understood as totalitarian and warlike regimes, but rather as nationalist movements that defended the people, and this was precisely the mask that made their growth possible. What did Bidu think about the topic? Not all of these questions have such clear answers, but knowing the world written in Bidu Sayão's words, as in her letters, certainly brings us closer to this renowned singer.

This letter is one of the two most interesting and important autograph documents that we discovered about Bidu Sayão.

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