Cabinet card photograph by Benque in Paris. With autograph inscription to a pupil to both upper corners signed in full and dated Paris 1898. Mathilde MARCHESI.

Cabinet card photograph by Benque in Paris. With autograph inscription to a pupil to both upper corners signed in full and dated Paris 1898.

Three-quarter length. Inscribed "A ma chérie élevé Florence Toranta, avec les meilleurs souhaits de succès et de bonheur de son affectionnér."

In an oval light teal silk-covered mat attractively embroidered with multi-coloured floral motifs. Overall size ca. 242 x 180 mm.

From the collection of the distinguished American mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne (b. 1934).

Photograph slightly worn and browned.

Mathilde Marchesi (née Graumann), a German mezzo-soprano and teacher, married the Italian baritone and singing teacher Salvatore Marchesi in 1852, the year of her single stage appearance, as Rosina, at Bremen. "In 1854 she began to teach, in Vienna, Paris, Cologne and again Vienna. In 1881 she founded her own school of singing in Paris, where her pupils included Emma Calvé, Gabrielle Krauss, Nellie Melba, Sibyl Sanderson, Emma Eames, Katharina Klafsky, Selma Kurz, and her daughter Blanche Marchesi. She retired in 1908. She published numerous sets of vocal exercises, mostly under the title L’art du chant, with various opus numbers, from the 1850s onwards, and an Ecole Marchesi: méthode de chant théorique et pratique (Paris, 1886; Eng. trans., 1896, 1903) as well as a book of memoirs." Elizabeth Forbes in Grove Music Online.

Inscribed to Marchesi's pupil Florence Brimson (1873-1953), a Canadian soprano who took her stage name "Toronta" from her birthplace of Toronto. Toronta was part of the short-lived Damrosch Opera Company in New York City.

"Horne had a voice of extraordinary range, rich and tangy in timbre, with a stentorian chest register and an exciting top... In concert she once achieved the feat of singing in a single programme Rossini arias and Brünnhilde’s Immolation Scene, proof of her exceptional versatility. Throughout her lengthy career she was an admired recitalist, singing lieder, mélodies, Spanish and American songs with equal aplomb." Alan Blyth in Grove Music Online. Item #31376

Price: $300.00  other currencies

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