A carte-de-visite portrait of French mezzo-soprano Zélia Trebelli [real name; Gloria Caroline Gillebert, or Le Bert; the name ‘Trebelli’ is nearly her original name backwards].
Born in Paris in 1834, she studied with Wartel, and made her debut at Madrid in 1859 as Azucena. She was the first Metropolitan Opera Carmen (1884). She married the tenor Alessandro Bettini.
Madame Trebelli-Bettini died at Etretat in Normandy on 18 August 1892.
Photographed by the London Stereoscopic and Photographic Company.
condition: The print presents some small black marks, mainly in the area of the background
but with one pale grey mark in the area of the sitter’s cheek. The tonal range of the print, however,
is excellent. The mount is clean, firm and solid, with crisp edges and sharp corners.
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