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Re: Salvini
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0602.  Thursday, 3 August 1995.
 
(1)     From:   G.L. Horton <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 2 Aug 1995 12:41:07 +0059 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0600 Re: Salvini
 
(2)     From:   Martin Green <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 2 Aug 1995 18:34:38 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0600  Re: Salvini
 
 
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Date:           Wednesday, 2 Aug 1995 12:41:07 +0059 (EDT)
Subject: 6.0600 Re: Salvini
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0600 Re: Salvini
 
In my youth I owned a biography, even then very old and tattered and bought at
a used book sale, of Salvini.  And I read elsewhere about him: strange to think
that in, say, 40 years he and his fame have disappeared. The tone of the
biography implied that his name was then a household word. I made notes,
because I thought I might someday write about him.  I don't know where the
notes are any more, and the book is long lost, but I remember very well two
incidents from his life. 1) his decision to give up opera and concentrate on
Shakespeare when he became convinced that his voice, while suitable for either,
had to be trained to perfection in one or the other: the techniques were
incompatible. 2) His father's decision to give up his own troupe, where he was
leading man and accounted the best actor in town, to take a job playing smaller
roles with the best troupe in Italy, so that son Tomaso could get the advantage
of working under artists with the highest standards as he grew into his own
great talent.  Ah, those inspirational Victorian biographies!  G.L. Horton
 
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Date:           Wednesday, 2 Aug 1995 18:34:38 -0400
Subject: 6.0600  Re: Salvini
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0600  Re: Salvini
 
Since Salvini has come up: does anyone know if he was also an artist (i.e.,
painter)? I have a very Italianate painting, depicting Shakespeare reading
something to Queen Elizabeth. She is surrounded by courtiers, in a garden
with a column, a huge alabaster urn, and a peacock. The signature, not too
legible, appears to be Salvin, but could be Salvini. Could this be the work
of the actor?
 

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