Steel-engraved role portrait as Ophelia. Christine NILSSON.

Steel-engraved role portrait as Ophelia.

[London]: [1870].

Image size 291 x 214 mm, sheet size 350 x 275 mm.

Nilsson is depicted bust-length, looking forward, with ruffled collar and flowers in her hair within an ornamental oval frame.With "Mdlle Christine Nilsson" printed to rectangular plaque at lower margin. Artist anonymous.

Excerpted from the June 25, 1870 issue of The Graphic (London), with a biographical article on Nilsson printed to verso.

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

Unevenly trimmed, not affecting image; slightly browned; remnants of former mount to verso.

Swedish soprano Christine Nillson made her début in 1864 at the Théâtre Lyrique, and later in that same year at Her Majesty's Theatre in London, both times as Violetta in La traviata. In 1868, she created the role of Ophelia in Hamlet by Ambroise Thomas. Nilsson toured extensively, performing in London, New York, Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Vienna.

"Her voice, though not large, was pure and brilliant in timbre, immensely flexible and perfectly even in scale for two and a half octaves up to top E. Ophelia, Marguerite and Mignon were probably her finest roles, while an attractive appearance and a graceful stage personality were great assets in such parts as Violetta." Elizabeth Forbes in Grove Dictionary of Opera.

"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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