Ancarina Massimimi was an Italian opera singer, who, it seems, visited South Africa in 1894-5 under the auspices of impresario A. Bonamici, possibly with his Lyric Opera Company.
She is specifically mentioned as performing the leading role in an (unnamed) Italian operatic comedy , put on at the Opera House Cape Town at the start of 1895, but even though Boonzaier (1923) considered the Lyric Opera Company as consisting of excellent performers, the particular piece failed to gain much public support and the undertaking was ultimately "a disastrous failure".
D.C. Boonzaier, 1923. "My playgoing days – 30 years in the history of the Cape Town stage", in SA Review, 9 March and 24 August 1932. (Reprinted in Bosman 1980: pp. 374-439.)
F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. : p. 401
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