Her '87 St. Petersburg stint included her playing the leading role, Emma, as it turns out, in the Ivanov/Petipa ballet called "The Haarlem Tulip."
Somewhere, perhaps in a footnote by British dance historian Jane Pritchard, Bessone is credited as having danced a newly interpolated solo of Petipa's into 'Giselle.'
According to Wiley's "Life and Ballets of Lev Ivanov," Bessone was something of a fouette queen until Legnani superceded her in this area: Emma B. was known for her set of 14 such turns;l Pierina L. then came on the scene with her 32.
One passing ref. to Bessone says her triumph in "Tulip" was a grand one unlike her less successful appearances in "Naiad and Fisherman" (her debut role in St. Pete) and in "Giselle" - where she may or may not have been the first ballerina to dance Petipa's Act 1 solo.
Regardless, here then is an uncaptioned photo of Emma Bessone from St. Petersburg, perhaps dating from the 1880s.