|Madame Albani Gye|
Presented to Queen Victoria, 1883
The Royal Collection
Image Courtesy of
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
--Averil Mackenzie Grieve, Clara Novello, 1818-1908
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were fervent fans of the opera and often had command performances by the favorite singers (as described above) at Buckingham Palace. Among the favorites of the Royal couple was a Canadian singer known professionally as Emma Albani. Dame Emma Albani Gye was a Canadian-born soprano who made her debut in 1870. She was a frequent guest of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
Dame Albani presented the Queen with this photograph of herself in 1883.