Three framed Carte de Visite of Isabella Hinckley. One includes her and her husband Agostino Susini. In frame 41 x 25 cm; scarce; PC consignment.
Shelved Dupont Bookstore
Soprano Isabella Hinckley was one of the first Americans to win critical acclaim as an operatic performer. She began her singing career in her early teens and traveled to Italy in 1857 to complete her vocal training. After a successful debut in Europe in 1859, Hinckley returned to the United States, where she joined a New York City opera company in 1861. Appearing in a series of Italian operas, Hinckley was praised for her stirring renditions of "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "Hail Columbia," both of which were patriotically added to the librettos. In Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera, she often sang the part of Oscar, the page-a role that president-elect Abraham Lincoln saw her perform in February 1861 at New York's Academy of Music. Sadly, Hinckley's promising career was cut short by her untimely death at the age of twenty-one. [National Portrait Gallery]