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FOOTLIGHT NOTES

images of theatre and other popular entertainment
1850s-1920s

no. 678

updated
Saturday, 11 September 2010

remembering Patrick O'Connor (1949-2010)

Blanche Rosavella


a carte de visit photograph of Blanche Rosavella (1853-1898), American soprano

(photo: The London Stereoscopic & Photographic Co Ltd, London, circa 1876)

'American actors are in force in London at the present time. There is ''Rip Van Winkle'' Jefferson, as he is popularly called, who is already a public favourite, and Mr. Williamson, at the Adelphi, in Struck Oil, seems quite as likely to take a good position as a comedian. The new prima donna at Covent Garden is also an American lady, although not recognisable as such under her acting title of Mdlle. Blanche Rosavella. She is the daughter of an American Senator, the Hon. William Tucker, and her appearance in La Traviata was her first essay upon any stage. She has youth, beauty, accomplishments, and marvellous self-possession; qualities which are a sure passport to fame and favour. She received a most enthusiastic welcome, and Mr. [Frederick] Gye [the younger] may be fairly congratulated upon having secured a soprano singer of the very highest order.'
(The York Herald, York, England, Saturday, 22 April 1876, p. 5f)

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