DAME EMMA ALBANI GYE - PICTURE POST CARD SIGNED 1904 - HFSID 145323
Sale Price $252.00
EMMA ALBANI. Postcard Photograph signed: "Emma Albani
Gye/1904". B/w, 3½x5½ overall, image 3¼x4¾ (one surface). British postcard
picturing "Madame Albani." on front. Albani was married to Ernest Gye, the
son of Frederick Gye, the manager of Covent Garden when the singer had made her
debut there in 1872, from 1878 until his death in 1925. Born
Marie-Louise-Cecile-Emma Lajeunesse in Quebec, Emma Albani (1850-1930) was the
first Canadian-born opera singer to achieve international fame.
Proficient as a pianist, organist, harpist and composer as well as a singer,
Albani, who had already sung for the Prince of Wales in Canada in 1860, made her
grand debut as Amina in La Sonnambula in Sicily. She had a triumphant
season in Malta (1870-1871) before she debuted at Covent Garden, where
she would star for twenty years, in 1872. Albani, who became known all over the
world, was a favorite of Queen Victoria and sang at her funeral in 1901.
In addition to her operatic works, Albani was popular for the oratorio
festivals at which she starred. She detailed her illustrious career, which
included singing for the Tsar of Russia and the President of the U.S., in her
autobiography, Forty Years of Song. Slightly "silvered" at background.
Lightly soiled at blank margins. Not filled in or stamped on verso, which is
lightly soiled. Fine condition.
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