Autograph letter signed (‘Ottorino Respighi’), in Italian, saying “Allow me once again to express my deep gratitude for what you have done for my Campana Sommersa. What for me was an almost unimaginable dream has come into the most perfect shape through the performance of that wonderful group of artists whom you brought together for my opera. They are a much-admired part of the perfect organisation of your theatre and am proud to see how an Italian is able to uphold our art abroad with such great honour”, three pages, folding marks, some yellowing, 4to, Book-Cadillac Hotel, Washington, 3-XII-928.
***La Campana Sommersa is one of Respighi’s operatic masterpieces. It premiered at the Metropolitan in New York on November 25th, 1928