Paris: Huquier fils, [1755-1760]. 270 x 408 mm. On laid paper. Interior of a domed circular theater. With mirrored lettering "Salle de Concert de Venise" above image, titling and imprint below.
From the collection of the distinguished American mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne (b. 1934).
Slightly worn and browned; "217" in red ink to lower left corner; remnants of mount to verso.
The engraver Jacques-Gabriel Huquier (1730-1805) maintained his father Gabriel's shop on the famed rue Saint-Jacques and published a series of prints of foreign sites from 1750 to 1760.
The theater depicted is most likely the Teatro San Benedetto, which opened in 1755 and was built in a distinctive circular shape. Following a fire in 1773, it was rebuilt in the traditional horseshoe style.
"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 #31393
Price: $350.00 other currencies