January 28, 2013

Lina Abarbanell (1879–1963),
German born American actress and singer
(photo: unknown, USA, circa 1915)

Lina Abarbanell stars in The Student King, Chicago, 1906
‘The warm welcome accorded to Lina Abarbanell by Chicago music lovers bespeaks as prosperous a career on the English lyric stage for this clever little artist as that achieved by her in the principal opera houses of Holland, Germany, and Austria. As Ilsa the Tyrolean princess in the new romantic comic opera, The Student King, by de Koven, Ranken, and Stange, Miss Abarbanell shines to exceptional advantage and is a decided acquisition to the American comic opera field.’
(The Washington Post, Washington, D.C., Sunday, Editorial Section, 10 June 1906, p.4a)


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