(b San Benigno Canavese, nr Turin, 2 July 1784; d San Giorgio Canavese, 13 May 1855). Italian contralto. She made her début in 1801 at Turin. Engagements in Parma and Trieste followed and in 1803 she appeared in Paris, singing the title roles of Giovanni Paisiello's Nina and Ferdinando Paer's Griselda. In the following year she sang Nina at La Scala, where she continued to appear during the next 20 years. It was here that she sang the title role in the revival of Simon Mayr's Medea in Corinto (1823), for which the composer thoroughly revised the score. From 1812, when she sang Isabella in the first performance of L’inganno felice in Venice, until her retirement in 1828, she specialized in Rossini roles. She created Ninetta, a soprano part, in La gazza ladra at La Scala (1817), but the contralto roles of Tancredi, Cenerentola and Isabella in L’italiana in Algeri were the most successful in her repertory. She appeared in London in 1819 under the name of Bellochi. After her début as Isabella in the British première of L’italiana in Algeri, the Times critic wrote that she had ‘an agreeable and flexible voice … it is of the class called mezzo-soprano, but combines in a remarkable degree many of the peculiar qualities and facilities of the soprano’.
From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.