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Anna de Belocca, soprano, seen here as "Fidelio"
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Anna de Belocca (1854-?) - Soprano
Anna de Belocca was a soprano whose early training and career in Europe appears hidden. In 1876 she made her U.S. debut as Rosina in "The Barber of Sevilla" at the New York Academy of Music. The newspaper "Herald" gave the vocalist an enthusiastic review but readers sent angry letters objecting to the article which threw a dark cloud on the debut. De Belocca remained steadfast and sang lead roles in New York throughout the 1880s. She was best known for singing "Aida," "Carmen," and "La Favorita." New York audiences and critics were never overly kind to her. She appeared at Her Majesty's Theatre in August 1881 and was at the Bach Festival at Eisenach, Germany in September 1884.
(Kindly contributed by T. Max Hochstetler, June 2007)