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Marietta Marcolini

(c. 1780—1814)


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(b Florence, c1780; d 1814 or later). Italian contralto. In 1800 she was singing at the Teatro S Benedetto, Venice; in 1803 she took part in the first performance of P. C. Guglielmi's La serva bizzarra at the Teatro Nuovo, Naples. In 1806 she sang at Livorno and Pisa, then at the Teatro Argentina, Rome, in the premières of Giacomo Tritto's Andromaca e Pirro and Giuseppe Nicolini's Traiano in Cacia (1807). In 1810 she sang at the première of Domenico Puccini's Il trionfo di Quinto Fabio at Livorno. Marcolini made her début at La Scala in the first performances of Carlo Bigatti's L’amante prigioniero and of Ercole Paganini's Le rivali generose (1809). She created roles in five operas by Gioachino Rossini: Ernestina in L’equivoco stravagante (1811) at Bologna; the title role of Ciro in Babilonia (1812) at Ferrara; Clarice in La pietra del paragone (1812) at La Scala; Isabella in L’italiana in Algeri (1813) at the Teatro S Benedetto; and the title role of Sigismondo (1814) at La Fenice, Venice. She was also a renowned exponent of Rossini's Tancredi.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.


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