New York: Academy of Music, [ca. 1875]. Large octavo. Original publisher's pictorial wrappers with full-length role portrait of Nilsson to upper with "The Strakosch Opera Libretto" to head, testimonial to Weber piano-fortes to verso of upper wrapper with illustration to lower..
Wrappers somewhat worn, browned and chipped. Leaves slightly worn and creased.
Swedish soprano Christine Nilsson was one of the greatest international opera stars of the 1860s and 1870s. "In 1883 for the opening season of the Metropolitan Opera House, she sang Marguerite in the inaugural performance of Faust (22 October) and the title role in the first local performance of Ponchielli's La Gioconda (20 December)... Her voice, though not large, was pure and brilliant in timbre, immensely flexible and perfectly even in scale for two and a half octaves up to top E. Ophelia, Marguerite and Mignon were probably her finest roles, while an attractive appearance and a graceful stage personality were great assets in such parts as Violetta." Elizabeth Forbes in Grove Music Online. Item #24450
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