Lorenzo Bonfigli

(c. 1800—1876)

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(b Lucca, c1800; d Lucca, Jan 1876). Italian tenor. The year after his début in 1827 he created the title roles in Luigi Ricci's Ulisse in Itaca and Giuseppe Magagnini's Osmano Pascià d’Egitto at the Teatro S Carlo, Naples. In 1829 he sang in the premières of Giuseppe Persiani's Eufemio di Messina (Teodoto) and Constantino in Arles (title role), and the following year created Tebaldo in Vincenzo Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi at La Fenice, Venice. His arrogant nature, which on occasion offended Saverio Mercadante and Gaetano Donizetti, nearly provoked a duel with Bellini, to whom Bonfigli complained about the specially written ‘È serbato questo acciaro’. He did, however, apologise to the composer following the cavatina's considerable success.


From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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