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The 19th century Diva of Divas: Adelina Patti – Lyric Say

Spanish-born Adelina Patti (1843–1919) had a singing profession that began when she was a toddler prodigy and resulted in 1903. Over these sixty years, she made her identify internationally for her purity of tone and the pliability of her voice.

Adelina Patti, Marquise de Caux (Gallica, ark:/12148/btv1b8423415c)

Adelina Patti, Marquise de Caux (Gallica, ark:/12148/btv1b8423415c)

Her fame, and typically her infamy, comes the truth that she was THE main soprano for the second half of the nineteenth century. She made her debut in 1859 on the age of 16 within the title function of Lucia di Lammermoor and made her London debut at age 18, singing Amina in Bellini’s La sonnambula.

As might be heard on this trendy recording with Edita Gruberová, that is an aria of delicacy and in her ultimate aria, sung whereas sleepwalking over a harmful mill bridge, the viewers is held in suspense not solely by the state of affairs but in addition the voice.

Vincenzo Bellini: La sonnambula, Act II – Ah, non credea mirarti (Edita Gruberová, soprano; Munich Radio Orchestra; Lamberto Gardelli, cond.)

The primary traces of this aria, ‘Ah, non credea mirarti | si presto estinto, o fiore!’ (Ah, I didn’t imagine I’d see you | Wither so rapidly, oh flower!) are transcribed, with music, on Bellini’s tomb.

Ah! non credea mirarti / Sì presto estinto, o fiore on Bellini’s tomb in Catania

Ah! non credea mirarti / Sì presto estinto, o fiore on Bellini’s tomb in Catania

Following her London debut, she used London as a base for singing across the British Isles, after which for excursions to Europe, showing in Berlin, Brussels, Amsterdam, and The Hague.

Her Paris début on the Théâtre Italien was the beginning of quite a few visits to Paris. This caricature accomplished of Adelina and her older sister Carlotta laments that they’re too fast to go to and go away once more.

Adelina Patti de retour au Théâtre des Italiens (Gallica. ark:/12148/btv1b8423441v)

Adelina Patti de retour au Théâtre des Italiens (Gallica. ark:/12148/btv1b8423441v)

One other caricature celebrates her return – the Nightingale is again, enchanting all of the neighbourhood birds.

André Gill: Adelina et Carlotta Patti, 1866

André Gill: Adelina et Carlotta Patti, 1866

She was famous for her performing skills and talent in dealing with comedian elements, such because the function of Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia.

It was in London, nonetheless, that she actually discovered her base. 1885 marked her twenty fifth consecutive season at Covent Backyard. For her farewell performances in 1895, she sang two performances every of three operas: as Violetta in La traviata, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, and Rosina. She continued to debut new elements even in her final years. In 1897, she created the title function in André Pollonais’ Dolores.

She did make some errors – her 1885 Carmen for London was not suited to her voice, however by and enormous she was cautious together with her voice, as evidenced by the recordings she made in 1906 at her house in Wales.

Adelina Patti Sings Mozart’s Voi Che Sapete

The 63-year-old soprano can deal with modifications of timbre, quantity, and keep the delicacy of tone wanted.

In her recording of the Jewel Song from Gounod’s Faust, she continues to shock with the lightness of her runs.

Adelina Patti Sings the Jewel Music (‘Faust’ – Gounod) (1905)

Adelina Patti Sings Bellini’s Casta Diva

There have been different sopranos who’ve been as well-known (from Rosa Ponselle to Maria Callas to Lucia Popp and Joan Sutherland) however none with a profession as in depth and influential as Patti’s.

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