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Domenico Donzelli

(1790—1873)


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(b Bergamo, 2 Feb 1790; d Bologna, 31 March 1873). Italian tenor. After studying with Eliodoro Bianchi he made his début at Bergamo in 1808 in Simon Mayr's Elisa. He then completed his studies in Naples with Viganoni and Gaetano Crivelli. For the next decade he sang florid tenor roles throughout Italy, appearing in Gioachino Rossini's Tancredi, the first performance of Torvaldo e Dorliska (1815, Rome), L'inganno felice and La Cenerentola. Then his voice began to grow heavier, and he turned to a different repertory. In 1825 he made his Paris début at the Théâtre Italien in the title role of Rossini's Otello. During six seasons in Paris he sang in the first performances of Rossini's Il viaggio a Reims (1825), Fromental Halévy's Clari (1829) and Louise Bertin's Fausto (1831). He sang from 1829 at the King's Theatre, taking part in the first London performances of Vincenzo Bellini's Il pirata (1830) and La straniera (1832). He created Pollione in Norma at La Scala (1831), and later sang the role in London, Venice, Bologna, Trieste and Sinigaglia (Senigallia). He appeared in many Donizetti operas, including Fausta, Anna Bolena, Parisina, Belisario, Lucia di Lammermoor and Roberto Devereux. Two of the greatest successes of his later career were as Masaniello in Daniel Auber's La muette de Portici and the title role in Saverio Mercadante's Il bravo. He retired in 1844.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.


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