Role portrait as Desdemona in Rossini's Otello. Lithograph by Napoléon Thomas after Henri Decaisne. Maria MALIBRAN.

Role portrait as Desdemona in Rossini's Otello. Lithograph by Napoléon Thomas after Henri Decaisne.

[Paris]: Caboche et Cie. [1836]. Image size 140 x 105 mm, sheet size 284 x 218 mm. On wove paper. Three-quarter length, seated, in gown with hand on harp, within single-line octagonal ruled border. Signed "Nap. Thomas" in the stone, "Mme. Malibran, Morte le 29 Septembre 1836 à Manchester." below, and "Album Dramatique" above image.

Originally published, along with an obituary, in Le Monde dramatique, Tome 3, 1836.

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

Slightly worn, browned, and foxed.

Béraldi XII, p. 117, 1. Hall III, p. 147, 53. Arrigoni & Bertarelli 2499.

The famous Spanish mezzo-soprano Maria-Felicia Malibran (neé García) was the daughter of Manuel García and sister of Pauline Viardot. She made her London debut in 1825 and in New York in that same year; her Paris debut was at the Théâtre Italien in 1828, and her Italian debut in Rome in 1832. While success followed Malibran wherever she sang, it was in Italy where she would truly leave her mark, performing Rossini and Bellini, and memorably creating the title role in Donizetti's Maria Stuarda (1835).

"To judge from the parts adapted for her by both Donizetti and Bellini, the compass (g to e ‴), power and flexibility of Malibran’s voice was extraordinary. Her early death turned her into something of a legendary figure with writers and poets during the later 19th century." Elizabeth Forbes in Grove Music Online.

"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 #31399

Price: $225.00  other currencies

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