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Anna Selina Storace (1765-1817), Singer

Sitter in 2 portraits
'Nancy' Storace was a soprano singer and actress whose parents took her to Italy to launch her career at the age of thirteen. She then spent four years in Vienna (1783-7) where she sang Susannna in the triumphant first performance of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro (1786). Returning to England in 1787, Storace first performed Italian opera at the King's Theatre. She joined Drury Lane as its most highly paid singer in 1789 and specialised in comic roles. Between 1797 and 1801 she toured Europe with the tenor John Braham, her lover for seventeen years. With her dynamic stage presence and infectious good humour, she brought a strong dramatic sense to English opera.

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Anna Selina Storace

attributed to Benjamin Vandergucht
oil on canvas, circa 1790
NPG 6148


Anna Selina Storace as Euphrosyne in Milton's 'Comus'

by Jean Condé, printed for John Bell, after Samuel De Wilde
stipple engraving, published 16 June 1791
NPG D7220