Gaetano Fraschini


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(b Pavia, 16 Feb 1816; d Naples, 23 May 1887). Italian tenor. He studied in Pavia and made his début there in 1837 as Tamas in Gaetano Donizetti's Gemma di Vergy. In 1839 he sang in Torquato Tasso at Bergamo and in 1840 in Marino Faliero at La Scala. Engaged at the S Carlo, Naples, from 1840 to 1853 he sang in the first performances of Giovanni Pacini's Saffo (Faone), La fidanzata corsa, La stella di Napoli, La regina di Cipro, Merope and Romilda di Provenza. He created Gerardo in Caterina Cornaro (1844); other Donizetti operas in which he sang included Linda di Chamounix, Maria di Rohan, La favorite, Poliuto and Lucia di Lammermoor. He was dubbed the ‘tenore della maledizione’ because of the force with which he delivered Edgardo's curse in Lucia, and was noted above all as an early tenore di forza.


From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

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