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Marietta Alboni by Disderi

Marietta Alboni by Disderi
MARIETTA ALBONI
(Maria Anna Marzia)
( March 6, 1823 - June 23, 1894)
Italian Contralto
While a student at Bologna, Alboni captured the attention of Gioacchino Rossini, who later was to instruct her in the main contralto roles in his operas. In 1842 she made her debut as Climene in Giovanni Pacini’s Saffo at Bologna, and she achieved a notable success in Rossini’s Le siège de Corinthe at La Scala in Milan. She toured Austria (1843), Russia (1844–45), and Germany and eastern Europe (1846). In 1847 Alboni made sensational English and French debuts at Covent Garden in London and the Théâtre-Italien in Paris in Rossini’s Semiramide. In 1852–53 Alboni toured Spain and the United States to great acclaim. She married, settled in Paris, sang at Rossini’s funeral in 1868, and retired because of her worsening obesity, making her final appearance in 1872

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