After studies in Paris and Milan, she made her opera debut at Messina, Italy, as Oscar in Un Ballo in maschera (1869), but her first real triumph came soon after, as Amina in La Sonnambula. This was to be her debut role in London (1872), Paris (1872) and New York (1874). Though attached to Covent Garden, London, she steadily pursued her international career in many countries. In 1891-1892 she sang at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
By the time she retired from the opera stage in 1896, she had sung 43 leading roles. She made about a dozen enthusiastically received Canadian tours, 1883-1906. Her remarkable voice has been preserved on a Rococo 5255 record, on which she sings 8 titles, including turn-of-the-century songs and 3 Handel arias.
Author GILLES POTVIN
Links to Other Sites
A profile of Dame Emma Albani, Canadian Opera star of the 19th century. From the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online.
The Virtual Gramophone
An extensive multimedia database that covers the history of recorded music in Canada. Search the site for musician biographies and notes about the early years of sound recording, online audio clips of recordings, podcasts on specific themes, videos, and more. From Library and Archives Canada.
Emma (Lajeunesse) Albani
Emma (Lajeunesse) Albani, Canadian opera singer, is profiled at this Library and Archives Canada website. Includes a sound clip of her in performance.