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                 Two page autographed letter, Vienna, February 12, 1892 to his friend Emile Bourgeois.  Included is a youthful Benque of Paris cabinet phoitograph.

Massenet writes to his friend, a composer, as well as a conductor and accompanist that he spoke with Ernest van Dyck, who is sorry he will be in London on the dates he wants him in Paris.  Massenet wonders if they can blackmail him.

Massenet was a guest of the Imperial Family in Vienna, while he supervised the final rehearsals of his new opera “Werther” in Vienna.  The World Premiere of the opera was in Vienna four days after this letter was written, on February 16, 1892.  Belgian tenor Ernest van Dyck, (1861-1923) was the creator of the title role of the opera.  Leon Carvahlo, the Director of the Opera Comique in 1885, when the opera was complete rejected the work due to the seriousness of the opera and by 1892, after it’s big success in Vienna, he accepted the work for Paris in 1893, though without Van Dyck.  Van Dyck was part of the Royal Opera at Covent Garden roster after the first run of Werther in Vienna and was under contract in Vienna at the time of the Paris Premier of Werther in 1893.  Interestingly while rehearsing Werther, van Dyck helped to write the libretto for Massenet’s ballet “Le Carrillon”.

The vast majority of Massenet’s letters say nothing of import.  This letter mentioning the creator of Werther days before the World Premier and an obvious attempt to retain his services for future performances in other cities is of importance.

           JULES MASSENET - COMPOSER
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