Marietta Alboni, Contralto.
Lithograph on album page. 342 x 260mm. 13½ x 10½". Foxed, some spotting.
Marietta Alboni (1823-1894) was a renowned Italian contralto opera singer. Together with the charismatic Maria Malibran, she was considered the greatest deeper-voiced female singer of the nineteenth century. Rossini was taken by her abilities that he taught her the contralto roles in his operas. Her debut at the Teatro alla Scala took place in 1842 as Neocle in the Italian version of 'Le Siege de Corinthe', which was followed by roles in operas by Marliani, Donizetti, Salvi and Pacini. Whilst in London, 1848, Meyerbeer transposed the role of the page Urbain in 'Les Huguenots', from soprano to contralto and composed a new aria for her.
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