Italian Contralto Singer
1823 – 1894 A.D.
Marietta Alboni, an Italian contralto singer. Her musical education was completed under Rossini, in Bologna, and she made her début at the Scala Theatre in Milan. During her successful career she appeared in Vienna, St. Petersburg, London and Paris and in 1852 she visited the United States.
Her voice was a true contralto of the sweetest and most sonorous quality, extending from F in the bass to C in alt of the soprano, a compass of two and one-half octaves. Her favorite parts were in Rossini’s operas, the florid music which she executed with marvellous [sic] ease.
Reference: Famous Women; An Outline of Feminine Achievement Through the Ages With Life Stories of Five Hundred Noted Women By Joseph Adelman. Copyright, 1926 by Ellis M. Lonow Company.