Maria Caterina Rosalbina Caradori-Allan
Rosalbina Caradori-Allan by Pierre Louis ('Henri') Grevedon, 1831
|Born||Maria Caterina Rosalbina de Munck
|Died||15 October 1865
|Occupation||Opera and concert singer (soprano)|
Maria Caterina Rosalbina Caradori-Allan (1800–1865) was a French operatic soprano.
Caradori-Allan was born at the Casa Palatina, Milan, in 1800. Her father, Baron de Munck, was an Alsatian, who served in the French army, while her mother, whose maiden name was Caradori, was a native of St. Petersburg. 
Following her father's death, she was forced to adopt music as a profession,[clarification needed] although the only training she received was from her mother. After a tour in France and part of Germany, the influence and support of Count St. Antonio resulted in her engagement at King's Theatre in London, where she made her first appearance as Cherubino in the Le nozze di Figaro on 12 January 1822. Her salary for this first season was £300. In 1823, she was re-engaged, at a salary of £400, and appeared as Vitellia in Mozart's La clemenza di Tito, and as Carlotta in Saverio Mercadante's Elisa e Claudio. 
In 1824, she married Mr. E. T. Allan, the secretary of the King's Theatre, where she was again engaged at a salary of £500, singing with Catalani in Mayr's Nuovo latico per la Musica, and (as a benefit for herself) as Zerlina in Don Giovanni. In the following year her chief parts were Carlotta in Pietro Generali's L'Adelina, Fatima in Gioachino Rossini's Pietro l'Eremita, and Palmide in Giacomo Meyerbeer's Il crociato in Egitto; in the latter opera she was associated with the castrato Velluti. 
In 1826, her salary, which had been lowered to £400, was raised to £700, and she sang with Giuditta Pasta in Zingarelli's Giulietta e Romeo, and as Rosina in Il Barbiere di Seviglia. However, during the following year, her salary rose to £1,200, but this was the last season of Italian opera in England for some time. After that, Caradori-Allan went to the continent. 
She sang in Venice in 1830, where she created the role of Giulietta in Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi, but in 1834 re-appeared in Italian opera in London, and after 1835 remained in England until her death.
She sang the soprano solo music at the first performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in England on 21 March 1826 and, in the same year, took part in the York festival and was at Gloucester. In 1827 she performed at the Leicester and Worcester festivals. In 1834, she sang in the Handel festival in Westminster Abbey, in 1836 at the Winchester festival with Maria Malibran, and in 1846 she took part in Felix Mendelssohn's Elijah at a production given at the Birmingham festival. 
In the latter years of her career, she abandoned the stage for oratorio and concert singing, in which she achieved great success. About 1845 she retired and died at Elm Lodge, Surbiton, on 15 October 1865. 
Throughout her life, Madame Caradori-Allan enjoyed great popularity; personally she was very accomplished, at the same time most amiable and unaffected. Her singing was more remarkable for finish than for force; her voice was sweet, deficient in tone, but it was said of her that "she always delighted, but never surprised" her audiences. As an actress she was charming. 
- Boyd, Charles Newell; Waldo Selden Pratt (1922),Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians, T. Presser, pp. 460—462. Accessed 28 July 2013
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- Squire, Wiliam Barclay (1922), "Caradori-Allan, Maria Caterina Rosalbina" in Leslie Stephen, Dictionary of National Biography. Vol. 9. London: Smith, Elder & Co.