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Emma Albani (1847-1930), Soprano

Dame Marie Louise Cecilie Emma Albani (née Lajeunesse)

Sitter in 10 portraits
Marie Louise Cecil Emma Lajeunesse was born in Quebec, Canada. Appointed at the age of sixteen as a soloist, organist and choirmaster of a church in Albany. She studied with Gilbert-Louis Duprez and Francesco Lamperti. Lajeunesse made her opera debut in 1870 at Messina as Amina in Bellini's La sonnambula. She also appeared in Italy and adopted the stage name Albani. From 1852 Albani sang for five seasons at Covent Garden, and appeared there nearly every Spring until her retirement from opera in 1896, also singing in Paris, Brussels, Berlin, St Petersburg and America. She was created a Dame in 1925.