Hand-coloured portrait engraving by D. J. Pound after a photograph by Mayall. Marietta ALBONI.
Hand-coloured portrait engraving by D. J. Pound after a photograph by Mayall.

Hand-coloured portrait engraving by D. J. Pound after a photograph by Mayall.

[London]: [1859]. Image size 169 x 110 mm, sheet size 270 x 205 mm. Hand-colored line and stipple engraving on wove paper. Three-quarter length, standing, in formal dress, hand resting on chair.

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

Slightly worn and browned; right edge and corner creased; lettering below image cropped.

Hall I, p. 17, 3.

Italian contralto Marietta Alboni appeared at La Scala, Vienna, Covent Garden, the Théâtre Italien, the Paris Opéra, among other important European opera houses. Rossini coached her 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 #31402

Price: $100.00  other currencies

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