Fine portrait engraving of this noted Austrian-born French operatic soprano in role portrait, possibly as Aida or Selika in L'Africaine. Gabrielle KRAUSS.

Fine portrait engraving of this noted Austrian-born French operatic soprano in role portrait, possibly as Aida or Selika in L'Africaine

[?Paris]: [ca. 1870]. 137 x 98 mm. + wide margins. Signed in the plate by the artist. Printed on fine wove paper.

With remnants of former mount to right margin of verso.

Despite her protestations, Krauss was an invaluable member of the Paris Opéra. "In 1875 she sang Rachel in La Juive at the inauguration of the Opéra’s new building; she remained a member of the Opéra company (except for a short period, 1885–6) until the end of 1888. She became famous for her portrayals of Meyerbeer heroines, Leonore and above all Aida and Donna Anna; she created a number of roles, including Pauline in Gounod's Polyeucte (1878) and Catherine of Aragon in Saint-Saëns’s Henry VIII (1883). At La Scala she created the title role in Gomes’s Fosca (1873) and sang Alice in Robert le diable. She was acclaimed for the dramatic intensity of her performances; to her operatic roles she brought a tragedienne’s grand passion and nobility. The French nicknamed her ‘La Rachel chantante’. After 1888 she retired from the operatic stage and devoted herself to concerts and teaching." Harold Rosenthal in Grove Music Online. Item #26910

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