[AUSTRALIAN OPERA SINGER - SIGNED CABINET CARD, ca. 1880]. Albumen photograph on cabinet card of Madame Carandini, signed "Marie Carandini" Marie Carandini, English / Australian Opera Singer, nee Burgess.
[AUSTRALIAN OPERA SINGER - SIGNED CABINET CARD, ca. 1880]. Albumen photograph on cabinet card of Madame Carandini, signed "Marie Carandini"
[AUSTRALIAN OPERA SINGER - SIGNED CABINET CARD, ca. 1880]. Albumen photograph on cabinet card of Madame Carandini, signed "Marie Carandini"
[AUSTRALIAN OPERA SINGER - SIGNED CABINET CARD, ca. 1880]. Albumen photograph on cabinet card of Madame Carandini, signed "Marie Carandini"
[AUSTRALIAN OPERA SINGER - SIGNED CABINET CARD, ca. 1880]. Albumen photograph on cabinet card of Madame Carandini, signed "Marie Carandini"
Signed by "Madame Carandini," the great Australian prima donna

[AUSTRALIAN OPERA SINGER - SIGNED CABINET CARD, ca. 1880]. Albumen photograph on cabinet card of Madame Carandini, signed "Marie Carandini"

S.l. (England or Australia): s.n., n.d. (1870s-1890s). Photograph mounted on heavy cardstock (164 x 106 mm) manufactured by Marion of Paris. Very good. Item #3600

No photograph of "Madame Carandini" is in the National Portrait Gallery of Australia, signed or unsigned.

Marie Carandini (1826-1894), prima donna, was one of Australia's best-known opera singers in the late 19th century. Born in Brixton, London, she lived and worked in Australia for nearly 60 years. She and her family emigrated to Hobart (Tasmania) Australia, as assisted immigrants in 1833. In 1843 she married Jerome Carandini (1803-1870), 10th Marquis of Sarzano who had arrived as an assisted immigrant in a troupe of musicians (Carandini had been exiled from Italy for revolutionary activities against Austrian overlords). For many years, "Madame Carandini" and her husband and daughters performed opera and danced at major concerts in Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide, and elsewhere in Australia, with great success. In the 1860s and 1870s, she and her daughters toured to India, the U.S., and New Zealand as "The Carandini Family Troupe," one of Australia's first opera performing families. Her last performance in Australia was in 1892. She then left for England, where she resided with her daughter until her death.

On the verso of the card below the ornamental frame: "Copyright Marion Depose"; some sources suggest that cards of this maker were produced ca. 1868-1873. Certainly the frame is identical with a cabinet card by J. Bateman, Canterbury, which is as such by the Historic Canterbury Collection.

The National Portrait Gallery has cartes-de-visite of Carandani's daughters Fannie and Rosina.

LITERATURE: see Ann K. Wentzel's article on Carandini in the Australian Dictionary of Biography (online).

Price: $400.00