Zelia Trebelli-Bettini

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Portrait of Zelia Trebelli-Bettini

Zelia Trebelli-Bettini (1836–1892)[1][2] also known as Zelia Gilbert or by her stage name Trebelli, was a French opera singer.[3] Mme Trebelli's artistry was greatly admired by George Bernard Shaw, who wrote about her a number of times in his various reviews. In particular, he admired her interpretations and her exemplary English diction, rare for a non-native English speaker.

Her daughter Antonia (originally Antoinette) Dolores Trebelli (c. 1864 – ) was a distinguished soprano, and as "Mademoiselle Dolores" was well received in Australia and New Zealand.[4]


  1. ^ Archives de Paris, birth certificate ; Étretat, death certificate.
  2. ^ Zelia Trebelli-Bettini (Zelia Gilbert) (1838–1892), Opera singer
  3. ^ The Probert Encyclopaedia – People and Peoples (W-Z)
  4. ^ "The Interviewer". Table Talk. Melbourne. 17 September 1914. p. 10. Retrieved 14 July 2015 – via National Library of Australia. 

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