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Victoria Balfe by Mayall

Victoria Balfe by Mayall
(Victoire Crampton and Victoire Fernández de Velasco, duchess of Frías)
(1 September 1837 – 2 January 1871)
French Soprano
Daughter of the composer Michael William Balfe and his wife, the singer Lina Roser trained by her father as a singer and also studied the piano at the Paris Conservatoire. She later studied in London, with Sterndale Bennett and Manuel García, and in Italy. She first appeared in London under Frederick Gye's management at the Lyceum Theatre on 28 May 1857, as Amina in La sonnambula.