De Lussan, Zelie


American soprano & mezzo-soprano, sang Carmen 2,000 times, sang Musetta in 1897London premiere of “La Boheme”, at Met 1894-96



Autograph ID: 6695
Condition: Very good, tiny mount remnants at lower corners and verso
Description: “(1861-1949) American mezzo-soprano and soprano opera singer of French parentage, her mother a professional soprano. De Lussan’s most famous role was as Carmen which she performed 2,000 times. She appeared with Sir Thomas Beecham’s opera companies at Covent Garden and with the Carl Rosa Opera Company. After retiring from the stage she moved to London where she taught singing for many years. After training with her mother at Christine Nilsson’s urging, de Lussan made her operatic début in 1884 in Boston in Balfe’s “The Bohemian Girl”, and an immediate success. She sang Carmen at Covent Garden and critics favorably compared her to Emma Calve, then the leading interpreter of the role. In London, successes included Zerlina in “Don Giovanni”, and, in 1897, Musetta in the London premiere of “La Boheme.” Her singing greatly impressed Queen Victoria and she was more than once invited to sing at Balmoral and Windsor castles. In 1894 she débuted at the Metropolitan Opera as Carmen, appearing there for 3 seasons as Nannetta in “Falstaff”, Zerlina, and Nedda in “Pagliacci”. In 1910 she sang Cherubino in “The Marriage of Figaro” in Beecham’s Mozart season at His Majesty’s Theatre. She appeared regularly at Covent Garden 1890-1910, and also appeared in France, Spain and Portugal. She also worked with smaller companies such as the Moody-Manners Opera Company, with whom she sang until 1913. Her recording of the “Habanera” from “Carmen” is the earliest operatic aria recorded on a Red Seal disc. After her marriage in 1907 to pianist Angelo Fronani she gradually retired, though she played Carmen as late as 1915 and that year she again played Cherubino and gave her 2,000th performance as Carmen.
Frameable 2 ¾ x 4 ¼ signed slip”
Type: Signature

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