Albani, (Dame) Emma

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Albani, (Dame) Emma (b Chambly, nr. Montreal, 1847; d London, 1930). Fr.-Canadian soprano, born Marie Louise Cécilie Emma Lajeunesse, taking professional name from Albany, NY, where she spent early life. Début Messina 1870 in La sonnambula (Amina). CG début 1872. First CG Senta (Der fliegende Holländer), 1877. NY Met début 1891; first Desdemona at NY Met 1894. Sang Isolde, CG 1896, retiring from stage a month later, but continuing to sing in oratorio. Retired to teach in 1911. DBE 1925. Wrote autobiography, Forty Years of Song (London, 1911).