Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Feb 6, 2016

Emma Albani (Soprano) (Chambly, United Province of Canada 1 November 1847 – Kensington, London 3 April 1930)


She was born  Marie-Louise-Emma-Cécile Lajeunesse. She was a pupil of Gilbert Louis Duprez in Paris and Francesco Lamperti in Milan. She made her debut in 1870 at the Opera House of Messina as Amina in ‘’La Sonnambula’’. She created for the Covent Garden in London a huge number of parts: Philine  in ‘’Mignon’' (1874), Elsa in ‘’Lohengrin’’ (1875), Elisabeth in ‘’Tannhäuser’’ (1876), Senta in ‘’Fliegenden Holländer’’, Tamara in ‘’Demon’’, Desdemona in ‘’Otello’’ (1891), Brunehild in ‘’Sigurd’’ (1884). She was one of the favorite singers  of the English queen Victoria. In the 1894-1895 season she undertook very successful concert and performance tour through Germany and Switzerland. After her retirement (1896), she taught singing in London.

Memoirs of Emma Albani: Forty Years of song (London, in 1911).
Macdonald: Emma Albani. Victorian diva (Toronto, in 1985).

Chronology of some appearances

1870 Messina Opera House La Sonnambula (Amina)
1872-1896 London Covent Garden La Sonnmabula (Amina)
1872 Paris Italian Opera
1873 Paris Italian Opera
1874 St. Petersburg Court Opera
1874 Moscow Court Opera
1874 New York Academy of Music La Sonnmabula (Amina)
1877 Berlin Opera Lohengrin (Elsa)
1877 Berlin Opera Fliegenden Holländer (Senta)
1878 Paris Italian Opera
1880 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie
1880 Milan La Scala Lucia di Lammermoor (Lucia)
1880 Milan La Scala Rigoletto (Gilda)
1881 Berlin Court Opera
1882 Monte Carlo Opera Hamlet (Ofelia)
1882 Monte Carlo Opera Rigoletto (Gilda)
1883 USA Concert Tour
1886 Berlin Court Opera
1888 Copenhagen Concert Tour
1888 Berlin Court Opera
1891 New York Metropolitan Opera Rigoletto (Gilda)
1892 New York Metropolitan Opera
1894-1895 Germany and Switzerland
1898 Canada Concert Tour
1898 Australia Concert Tour
1898 New Zealand Concert Tour
1898 South Africa Concert Tour
1899 South Africa Concert Tour
1904 South Africa Concert Tour
1907 India and Ceylon Concert Tour

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