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Anton Forti

(1790—1859)


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(b Vienna, 8 June 1790; d Vienna, 16 June 1859). Austrian baritone. He began his career playing the viola in the orchestra of the Theater an der Wien. In 1808 he was engaged as a singer by Prince Esterházy for his theatre at Eisenstadt. During his three seasons there he sang Dandini in the German-language première of Nicolo Isouard's Cendrillon. From 1813 to 1834 he appeared at the Kärntnertortheater in Vienna. A very stylish singer and actor, he excelled in Mozart roles, especially Don Giovanni, the Count in Le nozze di Figaro and Sarastro. In 1823 he created Lysiart in Euryanthe. He also sang a number of tenor roles, including Gioachino Rossini's Othello, Mozart's Titus and Max (Der Freischütz). His wife Henriette (1796–1818) sang Cherubino, and Zerlina to her husband's Don Giovanni.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.


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