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(Dame Emma, 1852-1930, Canadian Operatic Soprano)
Fine unsigned cabinet photo by Ch. Bergamesco, St Petersburg
showing her head and shoulders, looking slightly to her left, wearing a small cross at her neck, 6½" x 4¼", no date, no place, circa
Her second season in London included performances in the roles of Ophelia in Ambroise Thomas' Hamlet and the Countess in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. During the off time after the second season she travelled to Moscow to perform in La sonnambula, Rigoletto, Hamlet, and Lucia di Lammermoor. She then went to St. Petersburg where the Tsar Alexander II viewed her performances.
Charles Bergamasco was born in Northern Italy and moved to St Petersburg in the 1840s with his mother, a painter. He started as an actor at the French Theatre in St Petersburg but became interested in the daguerreotype process and went to Paris to study it. He returned to St Petersburg to open his own studio and after a few years became well known there and in Europe, winning prizes at exhibitions, photographing at many courts and receiving several decorations. He visited England in 1877 and took a number of photographs of Queen Victoria and her family.
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