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Pauline Lucca (Vienna: 25 Apr 1841 - Vienna: 28 Feb 1908): Austrian soprano. Debut (Olomouc, 1859) as Elvira in Ernani. Engaged in Berlin, studied roles there under Meyerbeer. First London Selika. Toured USA 1872-74. Vienna soprano 1874-1889. Rosina Penco (Naples: Apr 1823 -Tuscany, Italy: 2 Nov 1894): Italian soprano. Debut in Copenhagen (1846). She was highly successful in Berlin in the late 1840s, and in Paris in 1855. She was engaged at the Royal Italian opera (1859) upon the death of Angiolina Bosio, who died at the age of 29. Penco was  Leonore in the world premiere of Verdi's Il Trovatore (19 Apr 1853). Possibly seen here in that premiere role. She retired comfortably, and might have had a bigger career except for the popularity of Adelina Patti.                           The Sheffield Daily Telegraph (Sheffield, England) 10 Dec 1864
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French bass, Eugène Charles Antoine Crosti (Paris: 31 Oct 1833-?). He studied under Bataille. Sang at the Impérial Théâtre de l'Opéra- Comique (1857-1868), Bordeaux (1869-1877), After his retirement he became a professor at the Conservatoire. He also translated Italian works (La Boheme; Pagliacci) into French. Jean-Baptiste Faure (Moulins: 15 Jan 1830 - Paris: 9 Nov 1914): French baritone whose first musical experiences were gained by pumping the organ at Notre-Dame in Paris for a few francs and free piano lessons. He entered the Conservatoire in 1843 and subsequently became a member of several choruses, but when his voice changed he was forced to find other means of income. As his voice grew, he played with the Odéon orchestra. He returned to the Conservatoire to train his voice and emerged a star. His operatic debut was in 1852 as Pygmalion in Massé's Galathée at the Opéra-Comique. At the Comique he created Hoël in Meyerbeer's Le pardon de Ploërmel (1859). He was invited to the Paris Opéra where he made his debut (14 Oct 1861) as Julien in Pierre de Médicis (by Prince Poinatowski). There, he created several roles: Nelusko in L'Africaine, Pédro in the short-lived La Mule de Pédro (Massé: 1863), the marquis de Posa in Verdi's Don Carlos (1867), the title role in Thomas' Hamlet (1868), and Charles VII in Mermet's Jeanne d'Arc (1876). He was well known for his stylish singing and superb acting. Seen here as Figaro. Italian soprano Carlotta Marchisio [Turin: 8 Dec 1835 - 28 Jun 1872] as Semiramis in Rossini’s Semiramide. She was a student of Luigi Fabbrica in Turin. There are source disagreements about her debut. One source has her debut in Venice, another has her debut in Madrid [1856] with her sister, as Norma and Adalgise respectively (the sisters often sang together). She appeared in all the leading Italian cities, as well as St. Petersburg, London, and Paris [1860]. Rossini wrote his Petite Messe Solennelle [1864] for her and her sister, contralto Barbara Marchisio [Turin: 6 Dec 1833 - Mira: 19 Apr 1919].   
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