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DAME EMMA ALBANI GYE - PICTURE POST CARD SIGNED 1910 - HFSID 100149

EMMA ALBANI. Postcard Photograph signed: "E Albani Gye/1910". Colorized, 3½x5½. British postcard picturing "Madame Albani." on front. On verso, ANS: "Laurie". No place, no date. To unknown recipient. In full: "Many thanks for lovely card.

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Condition: slightly creased
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EMMA ALBANI. Postcard Photograph signed: "E Albani Gye/1910". Colorized, 3½x5½. British postcard picturing "Madame Albani." on front. On verso, ANS: "Laurie". No place, no date. To unknown recipient. In full: "Many thanks for lovely card. It seems quite a treat to be able to send another signed card and not before time. I think she has an idea I must be a millionaire however she wont (sic) get as much as she has asked for signing my cards. I am delighted to know that you do not really think it is a bore writing to me but as I told you I do look forward to your cards so much every day. It is quite warm to-day. Best wishes". Despite having had great success over her four-decade operatic career, Albani and her husband, Ernest Gye, the son of Frederick Gye, the manager of Covent Garden when the singer had made her debut there in 1872, were poverty-stricken after the singer's retirement. Albani likely asked for a fee for signing the cards in order to raise funds. 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 creased at lower margin. Minor surface creases and postal impressions (most not evident head on), one nicks hair of facial image, one at clothing. Pencil notes (unknown hand) at upper margin of verso. Overall, fine condition.

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