Bust-length portrait engraving of the noted Swedish soprano
by NILSSON, Christine 1843-1921
Paris: Ch. Chardon, 1865. Nilsson was one of the greatest international opera stars of the 1860s and 1870s. "In 1883 for the opening season of the Metropolitan Opera House, she sang Marguerite in the inaugural performance of Faust (22 October) and the title role in the first local performance of Ponchielli's La Gioconda (20 December)... Her voice, though not large, was pure and brilliant in timbre, immensely flexible and perfectly even in scale for two and a half octaves up to top E. Ophelia, Marguerite and Mignon were probably her finest roles, while an attractive appearance and a graceful stage personality were great assets in such parts as Violetta." Elizabeth Forbes in Grove Music Onlin. 230 x 160 mm. Within oval border. Artist anonymous. Browned from former matting; remnants of hinges to upper corners of verso. (Inventory #: 24519)
Musical Autographs and Manuscripts; Rare Books on Music and Dance; First and Early Editions of Printed Music; Prints, Drawings and Ephemera relating to Music and Dance including Opera and Ballet.
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