Sontag, Henriette. (1806–1854)
Lithograph Portrait as Cendrillon
Large lithograph portrait of the great soprano in her role as Cendrillon, ca. 1822. Engraved by F. Villain after Nicolas-Eustache Maurin and published by Gihaut Frères, Paris. 12.25 x 16 inches (31 x 41 cm), laid down to a slightly larger cardboard mount and sold together with a hand-colored period blue and gold window mat. Foxing to the engraving; edge wear to the mat and some light toning. Overall very good.
The important opera star of the early 19th century Henriette Sontag sang in the premieres of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Missa Solemnis and in the first performance of Weber's Euryanthe. Cendrillon (Cinderella) in Nicolas Isouard's opera of the same name was one of the important roles given to her as a very young singer at the Prague National Theater.