Lithograph on album page. 490 x 305mm. 19¼ x 12". Foxed.
Pauline Viardot Garcia (1820-1910) was a leading French mezzo-soprano of the nineteenth century, pedagogue and composer of Spanish descent. She was close friends with the likes of Clara Schumann, George Sand, Hector Berlioz and Charles Gounod. Camille Saint-Saens dedicated 'Samson et Dalila' to her, and wanted her to sing the title role, which she declined on account of her age. She sang the title role of Gluck's opera "Orphee et Eurydice" at Theatre Lyrique in Paris in November 1859, directed by Hector Berlioz. She died in 1910 and her body is interred in the Montmartre Cemetry in Paris.
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