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Emma Albani (1847-1930), Soprano opera singer

Dame Marie Louise Cecilie Emma Albani (née Lajeunesse)

Sitter in 9 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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Dame Marie Louise Cecilie Emma Albani (née Lajeunesse)

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

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Dame Marie Louise Cecilie Emma Albani (née Lajeunesse)

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

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Dame Marie Louise Cecilie Emma Albani (née Lajeunesse)

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

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Dame Marie Louise Cecilie Emma Albani (née Lajeunesse)

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

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Emma Albani

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