[ 'Elizabeth Parkina' [ Elizabeth Parkinson ], American soprano. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Elizabeth Parkina') to 'Mr. Forsyth' [ Neil Forsyth, General Manager, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden ], one regarding her name on the programme..

Elizabeth Parkina [ real name Elizabeth Parkinson ] (1878-1922), American soprano [ Neil Forsyth, General Manager, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden ]
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Neither letter is dated. One (the earlier, circa 1905?) is addressed from Villa St Etienne, Allée Hennon, Arcachon. The other [ 1906 ] is on letterhead of 51 Bedford Court Mansions, London, W.C.
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'Elizabeth Parkina' studied under Mathilde Marchesi in Paris and made her debut in 1902 at the Opéra-Comique of Paris in ‘Lakmé’. At Covent Garden between 1904 and 1907, she appeared as Musetta in ‘La Bohème’ and Siebel in ‘Faust’, and stood in for prima donna Nellie Melba as Marguerite in ‘Faust’. She toured Australia in 1905 and retired from the stage around 1907. She died after long illness. ONE: Villa St Etienne, Allée Hennon, Arcachon. 2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with blue pencil line by Forsyth across first page. She apologises for the delay in replying, 'but the contract only reached me yesterday forwarded from London'. She states that she would like 'if possible to be Mlle Parkina on the programs this year instead of Miss E – etc'. TWO: On letterhead of 51 Bedford Manions, London, W.C. 2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with light pencil line by Forsyth through first page. The letter is undated, but the production referred to was in 1906. She hopes that she is not 'asking too much' in requesting 'two stalls or a box for the premiere of “Eugene Oneghin” - Friday evening'.