Emma Albani was born Marie-Louise-Emma-Cécile Lajeunesse in Chambly, United Province of Canada (Now Chambly, Quebec). She was the daughter of Musician Joseph Lajeunesse and his wife Mélina Mignault.
She studied music with her mother as a very small child, when she was five her father took over her lessons.
Her family moved to Plattsburgh, New York in 1852, but later moved to Montreal after the death of her mother. She was educated in a convent-school in Montreal, where her father was a Music Master.
The family moved again in 1865, this time to Albany, New York. It was here that she first became a popular singer and organist.
She traveled to Paris and later Italy. She changed her name following advice from her elocution instructor.
Albani became a leading soprano of the 19th and early 20th century. She received the gold medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society in 1897.
Albani married Ernest Gye on August 6th, 1878 and gave birth to her first, and only, child Frederick Ernest Gye on June 4th, 1879.
She died on April 3rd, 1930 and is buried with her husband at Brompton Cemetery, London.
Statistics Canada Fonds, Library and Archives Canada. 1851 Census of Canada East. Canada East (Quebec) District Name: Chambly (county) District Number: 5 Sub-District Name: St. Joseph de Chambly Sub-District Number: 57 Page Number: 37 Microfilm: C-1116 Reference: RG 31 Item Number: 758584.
"England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2D5K-L9Y : accessed 1 November 2015), Marie Louise C E Lajeunesse, 1878; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Marriage, Westminster St. Margaret, London, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.
"England and Wales Census, 1881," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK65-7RQD : accessed 1 November 2015), Emma Gye in household of Ernest Gye, Kensington, London,Middlesex, England; from "1881 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 5, Piece/Folio 46/5, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,774,323.
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