Anna de Belocca (b.1854)

Anna de Belocca was a soprano. In 1876 she made her U.S. debut as Rosina in "Il Barbiere di Siviglia" at New York's Academy of Music. When the "Herald" gave her an enthusiastic review, angry letters from readers created a controversy. De Belocca then joined the Strakosch Opera Company, appearing for several seasons at the Phildadelphia Academy of Music as Rosina in "Il Barbiere," Amneris in "Aida," Nancy in "Martha, and as Mignon. In 1879 de Belocca joined Colonel Mapleson's New York company and performed frequently at the Academy of Music in "Carmen," "Il Trovatore," "La Favorita," "Rigoletto," and other classics. The unlucky artist was haunted by negative reviews and was never quite accepted in the U.S. as Carmen, her most frequent role. In 1882 she relocated to France. De Belocca poses in costume as Carmen at the Mora studio in New York City.

1875 circa 5 years
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