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Luigi Bassi

(1766—1825)


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(b Pesaro, 4 Sept 1766; d ?Dresden, 1825). Italian baritone. He studied in Senigallia with Pietro Morandi and appeared on the stage at the age of 13. He completed his studies with Filippo Laschi in Florence, where he appeared at the Pergola Theatre. In 1784 he joined Pasquale Bondini's company in Prague and in 1786 sang Count Almaviva in the first Prague performance of Le nozze di Figaro; the next year he created the title role in Don Giovanni (1787). He is said to have asked W. A. Mozart to write him another air in place of ‘Fin ch'han dal vino’ and to have induced Mozart to rewrite ‘Là ci darem’ five times. In later years he stressed that no two performances were the same and that Mozart had specifically wished that he should improvise as long as he paid attention to the orchestra.

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From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.


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