Marianna Bianchi

(c. 1735—1790)

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(b ?Venice, c1735; d after 1790). Italian soprano. She made her opera seria début as ultima parte at Parma in 1753 and sang mostly secondary roles, sometimes appearing in opera buffa, before going to Vienna as prima donna in 1762, where she created Eurydice in C. W. Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice. She then sang as prima donna in Italy and with her husband, the composer Antonio Tozzi, was engaged at Brunswick (1765–8), singing in Andromaca, and Munich (1773–5), where she sang in Zenobia, both by Tozzi; her Italian career then declined to secondary theatres and, after 1780, to opera buffa, ending in 1790. According to Charles Burney, she had ‘a sweet and elegant toned voice, always perfectly in tune, with an admirable portamento; I never heard any one sing with more ease, or in a manner so totally free from affectation’.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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