A CdV by C. H. Reutlinger of Christine Nilsson featuring an photograph of her in the title role of ‘Mignon’ in the opera by Ambroise Thomas at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London, England during July 1870.
This, the second version of the opera was premièred on 5th July 1870 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane with Nilsson and conducted by Luigi Arditi.
Soprano Christine Nilsson was born in Sweden on 20th August 1843 and died there on 20th November 1921.
She made her debut during 1864 at the Theatre-Lyrique Paris.
She created the role of ‘Ophélie’, daughter of Polonius in Ambroise Thomas’s opera ‘Hamlet’ on 9th March 1868 at the Salle Le Peletier - the home of the Paris Opera from 1821 until the building was destroyed by fire in 1873.
She sang the part of Marguerite in Faust in the performance that marked the opening of the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, on 22nd Oct 1883.
While she did not make any records there are numerous photos to attest to the fact that she possessed great charm and beauty.
[see the Christine Nilsson set for more info, including the ship]
See the group - Christine Nilsson ~ soprano: at
# Charles Reutlinger [1816-1881] was the founder of one of the most prominent Parisian photographic establishments, Reutlinger Studios, which operated from 1850 to 1937. The studio became famous for its portraits of the actors, artists, musicians, composers, opera singers etc. From 1880 the studio was run by his brother Emile Reutlinger.