E00742. Balfe, Michael. 1 signed 5x8 4-face personal letter. June 5, 1861
“Balfe's output during the years 1835-1860 was incredible. Some years he was actually composing operas for London and Paris at the same time, and/or had two opera running in London at the same time. In addition to composing for opera, Balfe also wrote about 250 songs over a 35-year period. Some of his best known works include the following: "Killarney", "Come into the Garden, Maud", "Sands of Dee", "The Arrow and the Song", "Excelsior". "Margarita", "There is a name I never Breath", and "The First Kiss".
Balfe was considered an outstanding conductor by his peers. From 1846 to 1852 he was also the principal conductor for the Italian Opera at Her Majesty's theatre, London. He conducted Jenny Lind's (1820-87) London début in opera and all of her subsequent performances in that city. Balfe also conducted the London premiere of Verdi's first successful opera, NINO (NABUCCO). When Giuseppe Verdi, came to London in 1847 to conduct the premiere of his new opera I MASNADIERI, starring Jenny Lind, after two performances he turned over his baton to Balfe to finish the run.”