Ca. 1830. Image size ca. 75 x 75 mm, sheet size 129 x 99 mm. Stipple and line engraving on wove paper. Bust length, turned quarter right. With initials "J. J. L. ag. f" to lower left edge of image (the engraver?) and "Rossini" printed beneath image.
From the collection of the distinguished American mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne (b. 1934).
Hinge mount to verso.
"No composer in the first half of the 19th century enjoyed the measure of prestige, wealth, popular acclaim or artistic influence that belonged to Rossini. His contemporaries recognized him as the greatest Italian composer of his time. His achievements cast into oblivion the operatic world of Cimarosa and Paisiello, creating new standards against which other composers were to be judged. That both Bellini and Donizetti carved out personal styles is undeniable; but they worked under Rossini's shadow, and their artistic personalities emerged in confrontation with his operas. Not until the advent of Verdi was Rossini replaced at the centre of Italian operatic life." Philip Gossett in Grove Music Online.
Antoinette-Cécile-Hortense Haudebourt-Lescot (1784-1845) painted her portrait of Rossini in 1828, at the height of the composer's fame.
"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 #31476
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