Geltrude Righetti


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(b Bologna, 1793; d Bologna, 1862). Italian contralto. She studied in Bologna and gave her first public performance there in 1814. She was invited by Duke Sforza Cesarini to sing, at the express wish of Gioachino Rossini, in the première of Il barbiere di Siviglia (1816, Teatro Argentina, Rome), though only very late and after another singer had declined. In 1817 she created the title role in La Cenerentola at the Teatro Valle in Rome. During her brief career, she was appreciated for her coloratura singing, her range extending from f to b”. She retired from the stage, probably for health reasons, in 1822. Her Cenni d'una donna già cantante sopra il Maestro Rossini (Bologna, 1823), a reply to an article by Stendhal published under a pseudonym in the Revue mensuelle de Paris (1822), gives an interesting account of the première of Il barbiere di Siviglia.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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