Adriana Ferrarese


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(b Valvasano [now Friuli], 19 Sept 1759; d after 1803). Italian soprano. As a student at the Ospedale dei Mendicanti in Venice from 1778 to 1782 she sang in oratorio. She has long been identified with a Francesca Gabrielli, ‘detta la Ferrarese’, whom Charles Burney heard at the Ospedaletto in Venice in 1770; E. L. Gerber (in his Historisch-biographisches Lexikon der Tonkünstler, 1790–92) may have been the first to assume that Burney's Gabrielli and Adriana Ferrarese were one and the same, but no solid evidence links them. She eloped with Luigi del Bene in December 1782 and appeared in a serious opera in Livorno during autumn 1784, before going to London in 1785. During her two years there she sang initially in serious opera, including Luigi Cherubini's Demetrio (1785), and then, because she was overshadowed in that genre by Gertrud Mara, in comic, where she was assigned the serious roles. By autumn 1786 she was back in Italy, where she sang exclusively in opera seria, including Angelo Tarchi's Iphigenia and C. W. Gluck's Alcestis.


From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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