Three rare lithographic portraits of the famous contralto. Marietta ALBONI.
Three rare lithographic portraits of the famous contralto.
Three rare lithographic portraits of the famous contralto.

Three rare lithographic portraits of the famous contralto.

[London]: [ca. 1845-50]. Three rare portraits published as sheet music covers:

- Half-length lithograph by N. Plouzcz[...?]. Title page to Donizetti's "To be Happy & Pass Life with Pleasure" from Lucrezia Borgia. London: Cramer, Beale & Co., [1847]. Image size 170 x 160 mm. Contemporary inscription to blank upper right corner slightly trimmed.

- Half-length hand-colored lithograph by Mourityan & Casey. Title page to Mozart's "Her You Love" from Le Nozze di Figaro. London: Lewis and Johnson, [ca. 1849]. With small oval blindstamp of music publisher's Lewis & Johnson to blank upper right corner. Image size 195 x 185 mm.

- Full-length lithograph by Brandard printed by M. & N. Hanhart. Role portrait. Title page to Donizetti's "Gazing on Thee" from Anna Bolena published London: C Jefferys, [ca. 1850]. Image size ca. 245 x 145 mm.

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

Slightly worn, soiled, browned, and trimmed.

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 #31514

Price: $425.00  other currencies

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