Thomas Ryan in North America - in the middle of the 1800's

from Recollections of an old musician, page 146:

Madame Alboni was the next very fine singer who visited America. Oh, what a glorious contralto voice was hers ! It was of a silk-velvet quality (if I may be allowed to use such a figure of speech), with deeply sympathetic, expressive tones resembling very markedly the lovely reedy tones of a violoncello. Moreover, what technical wonders Alboni could accomplish with that voice! Her colorature in songs like Una Voce created the same effect as a Carnaval de Venise performance on the violin.

cite as

Thomas Ryan, Recollections of an old musician (New York City, 1899), p. 146. accessed: 22 July, 2024

location of experience: North America


Thomas Ryan

Listening to

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performance of 'Unknown music' performed by Madame Alboni

Experience Information

Date/Time in the middle of the 1800's
Medium live
Listening Environment indoors

Originally submitted by Jo Reardon on Wed, 16 Dec 2015 13:52:23 +0000
Approved on Tue, 23 Feb 2016 14:42:14 +0000