Emma Albani

Canadian opera soprano Emma Albani

Dame Emma Albani, DBE was a leading soprano of the 19th century and early 20th century, and the first Canadian singer to become an international star. Her repertoire focused on the operas of Mozart, Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini and Wagner. She performed across Europe and North America.
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Une Grande foire victorienne à la hauteur des attentes - Nouvelle Union
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Au petit auditorium, deux cantatrices fameuses, Julie Breton et Angèle Plourde, alias Emma Albani et Clara Novello, accompagnées au violon par Mérislova Sedianska, ont interprétées des œuvres célèbres comme «La Bacarolle», des Contes d'Hoffman
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L'Opéra de Montréal : une maison de répertoire ouverte à tous - Forum Opéra
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Souvenons-nous ainsi de Leopold Simoneau ou encore de Maureen Forrester et surtout la première grande cantatrice québécoise Emma Albani. La jeune génération n'est pas en reste comme le prouve en haut du podium le contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux
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Today in Music History - July 18 - mysask.com (press release)
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LaPalme was only the second Quebec singer -- after Emma Albani -- to perform in the world's great opera houses. In 1941, Martha Reeves, of the Motown group "Martha and the Vandellas," was born in Detroit. The trio -- sort of a harder-sounding
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CLASSICAL MUSIC; Prayerfully, Sleeplessly, Pavarotti Takes Up the Challenge of Otello
NYTimes - almost 27 years
Another attempt is about to be made on the pinnacle of Italian tenor roles, Verdi's Otello. The attempt is necessary, not just because the summit is there, but because somebody has to surmount it if the operagoing world is to have access to this essential opera. It's one of the few roles that borders on the impossible, at least if any kind of ideal
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OTTAWA; An Exhibition Of Glenn Gould Memorabilia Sheds A Little Light on A Musical Enigma
NYTimes - over 29 years
LEAD: In the 19th century there was Emma Albani from Quebec, whose 1882 performance in ''Lohengrin'' in Berlin delighted Kaiser Wilhelm I. Since World War II, there have been Lois Marshall, Maureen Forrester and Jon Vickers, singers of international stature. But there has never been a Canadian who seized the attention of the world more than Glenn
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ORATORIO: 'THEODORA,' BY HANDEL
NYTimes - almost 33 years
Theodora'' is one of Handel's last dramatic oratorios, and his only on a Christian subject. The heroine, a Christian woman, is condemned by the Roman president of Antioch to slavery as a temple prostitute; Didimus, a Roman officer converted by Theodora, helps her escape at the cost of his own freedom. She surrenders herself anew, hoping to exchange
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 1930
    Age 82
    She died on 3 April 1930, aged 82, at her home on Tregunter Road, Kensington and was buried with her husband at Brompton Cemetery.
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  • 1911
    Age 63
    Albani gave her last public performance on 14 October 1911.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1901
    Age 53
    On the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, Albani travelled to London and sang the solo role at her final service.
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  • 1898
    Age 50
    In 1898, she toured Australia.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1896
    Age 48
    The greatest triumph of her career came on 26 June 1896, when she sang Isolde in Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, with Jean de Reszke in his first London Tristan, Louise Meisslinger as Brangäne, David Bispham as Kurwenal, Édouard de Reszke as King Marke, and Luigi Mancinelli conducting.
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    Even in Albani's final season at Covent Garden in 1896, she continued to receive strongly positive reviews.
  • 1892
    Age 44
    Her final appearance with the Met was in New York on 31 March 1892, as Senta in The Flying Dutchman.
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  • 1891
    Age 43
    Albani made her debut with New York's Metropolitan Opera on 20 November 1891 as Valentine in Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots, a performance which took place while the company was on tour in Chicago.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1884
    Age 36
    On 15 July 1884 in London she sang the role of Brunehild in Ernest Reyer's opera Sigurd and the role of Juliette in Gounod's Roméo et Juliette in the same season.
  • 1883
    Age 35
    Her first operatic performance in Canada came on 13 February 1883 in Toronto, at the Grand Opera House where she performed in Lucia di Lammermoor.
    In 1883, she gave three recitals in Montreal.
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  • 1882
    Age 34
    In 1882, the Kaiser awarded her the title of Hofkammersängerin.
  • 1881
    Age 33
    In 1881, she was invited to perform in Lohengrin, which was being given at the Berlin Royal Opera.
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  • 1880
    Age 32
    On 26 June 1880 she performed Isabella in Ferdinand Hérold's Le pré aux clercs at Covent Garden, a production that was mounted especially for her.
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    In January 1880, she sang in Nice, and from there she went to the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels.
  • 1879
    Age 31
    In the fall of 1879, after singing at the Hereford and Bristol Festivals, she returned to Florence.
    She became pregnant, but continued to tour and perform until shortly before the birth of her son, Frederick Ernest Gye on 4 June 1879.
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  • 1878
    Age 30
    Albani married Ernest Gye on 6 August 1878.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1875
    Age 27
    She returned to London for her fourth season at Covent Garden in 1875.
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  • 1874
    Age 26
    In the fall of 1874, she undertook a tour of the United States, visiting New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Chicago and Albany.
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    After her third season, Queen Victoria requested a private performance from Albani, who travelled to Windsor Castle in July 1874 to perform the aria "Caro nome" from Rigoletto, the folk ballad "Robin Adair", the Bach/Gounod "Ave Maria", and the popular song "Home!
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  • 1872
    Age 24
    For the 1872–1873 winter season she performed with the Italian Opera at the Salle Ventadour in Paris, where she made her debut as Amina with Victor Capoul as Elvino.
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    Her first opportunity to present a piece came in October 1872, when she performed "Angels, ever bright and fair" from Handel's Theodora at the Norwich Festival.
    Albani arrived in London in the spring, and made her professional debut on 2 April 1872 as Amina in La sonnambula.
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    She was scheduled to make her London debut in the spring of 1872.
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  • 1870
    Age 22
    After spending the winter of 1870-1871 performing in Malta, she auditioned for Frederick Gye, the manager of Covent Garden in London.
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    Her funds began to run low, and although her training was not yet complete she began to look for work to help support her schooling. She found a position in Messina, and her operatic debut was on 30 March 1870, in Messina, playing Amina in La sonnambula.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1865
    Age 17
    However, she was ultimately unable to finance a musical education in Quebec, where singing and acting were considered unsavoury careers for a woman, and her family moved to Albany, New York in 1865.
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  • 1860
    Age 12
    On 24 August 1860 she and Adelina Patti were soloists in the world premiere of Charles Wugk Sabatier's Cantata in Montreal which was performed in honour of the visit of the Prince of Wales.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1856
    Age 8
    In 1856 after the death of her mother, she continued her education in a Montreal convent-school, run by the Dames du Sacré-Coeur where her father had obtained the position of Music Master.
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  • 1847
    Born
    Albani was born Marie-Louise-Emma-Cécile Lajeunesse in Chambly, Quebec, to the professional musician Joseph Lajeunesse and his wife, Mélina Mignault. Her date of birth is usually given as 1 November 1847, but other authors have placed her birth in 1848 or 1850, and Albani's memoir puts her birth in 1852.
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