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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.

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Emma Albani

by Richard George Mathews
pastel, 1905
NPG 6729


Emma Albani

by Unknown photographer
woodburytype, 1870s
NPG Ax7735


Emma Albani

by Walery, published by Sampson Low & Co
carbon print, published January 1889
NPG x8444


Emma Albani

by P.F. Pinsonneault
autotype, circa 1897
NPG x5152


Emma Albani

by Harold Humphrey Brooke Durrant, for Rose Kate Durrant & Sons, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1902
NPG x197702


Emma Albani

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
postcard print, circa 1904
NPG x30


Emma Albani

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
printing-out paper cabinet card, circa 1904
NPG x197239


Emma Albani

by Walter Stoneman, for James Russell & Sons
bromide print, circa 1916
NPG Ax39154


Emma Albani

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1882
NPG x96456


Emma Albani

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1882
NPG x96457