A carte-de-visite portrait of the opera singers Teresa Carreno (1853-1917) and Carlotta Patti (1835-1889).

Teresa Carreno was a pianist, composer, singer, and conductor from Venezuela. At the age of eight she went to the United States to study with Louis Moreau Gottschalk. Carreno began her career at the age of twelve; she lived in Germany for some thirty years but travelled widely. In 1772 she married Emile Sauret, the violinist, and performed sonatas with him. She later married three more times. Carreno composed music for both piano and strings. She spent a few years conducting and singing in an opera company in Venezuela before returning to the piano in 1889.

The Italian soprano Carlotta Patti, older sister of Adelina, was born in Florence on 30 October 1835. Carlotta made her debut in 1861 in New York. Because of physical disabilities and personal preferences she quickly gave up opera but enjoyed a successful concert career from 1863 to 1878. In 1879 she married Ernest de Munck, a cellist, and after her retirement, taught singing in Paris. She died there on 27 June 1889.

Photographed by Warren of Boston, Massachusetts.

Condition: please see scans. The print presents one small mark in the area of the background but is otherwise in excellent

Dimensions: the dimensions of a standard carte-de-visite are approx. 4.1” by 2.5” (10.5 cm by 6.3 cm).

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