Portrait engraving by Charles Geoffroy of Alboni as Zerline in Auber's La corbeille d’oranges. Marietta ALBONI.
Portrait engraving by Charles Geoffroy of Alboni as Zerline in Auber's La corbeille d’oranges.

Portrait engraving by Charles Geoffroy of Alboni as Zerline in Auber's La corbeille d’oranges.

Paris: Chardon ainé, [1855]. Image size 175 x 110 mm, sheet size 284 x 218 mm. On wove paper. Full-length, standing, holding basket of oranges. Signed "Ch. Geoffroy" in the plate, with "Alboni dans la Corbeille d'oranges" below image.

Published in Geoffroy's collection Nouvelle galerie des artistes dramatiques vivants, 1855, issued by Libraire théâtrale.

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

Cropped close to platemark at upper margin and within platemark at left.

Arrigoni & Bertarelli 50.

Italian contralto Marietta Alboni appeared at La Scala, Vienna, Covent Garden, the Théâtre Italien, the Paris Opéra, among other important European opera houses, coached by in the principal contralto roles in his operas. Her voice "was considered a true contralto, rich and even from g to c‴, though she also sang several soprano roles, including Anna Bolena, Norina in Don Pasquale and Amina in La sonnambula. Her singing was thought by some to lack fire; nevertheless, the beauty of her voice and the perfection of her technique made her one of the great representatives of classical Italian bel canto." 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 #31401

Price: $150.00  other currencies

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