Paris: Rigo Frères; Marchant, .
Image size 215 x 142 mm, sheet size 300 x 223 mm. On chine appliqué.
Lablache is depicted full-length, standing, in robe trimmed with lace. With "Lith: de Rigo Frères, Pass: Saulnier 19" at lower left, "Alex.dre Lacauchie" at lower right.
Published in the Galerie des Artistes Dramatiques.
From the collection of the distinguished American mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne (b. 1934).
Slightly worn and foxed; tape stains to former mount to upper margin.
Béraldi VIII, p. 288, no. 1. Hall III, p. 4, 19. Arrigoni & Bertarelli 2263.
Considered the most famous bass singer of his generation, Luigi Lablache "made a brilliant London début [on March 30, 1830] as Geronimo in Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto at the King’s (from 1837 Her Majesty's) Theatre, where he subsequently appeared every season until 1852, except for 1833 and 1834. Lord Mount-Edgcumbe described him on his London début as ‘a bass of uncommon force and power. His voice was not only of deeper compass than almost any ever heard, but when he chose, absolutely stentorian, and he was also gigantic in his person; yet when he moderated its extraordinary strength, he sang pleasingly and well’." He made his début at La Scala as Dandini in Rossini’s La Cenerentola in 1821 and went on to sing in a number of other Rossini operas including Semiramide (as Assur) and Otello (as Elmiro). Philip E.J. Robinson and 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.
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