Teresa Saporiti

(b. 1763)

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(b 1763; d Milan, 17 March 1869). Italian soprano and composer. As a member of Pasquale Bondini's company she sang, with her sister Antonia (d 1787) in Leipzig, Dresden and Prague. A report in the Litteratur und Theater Zeitung (summer 1782) refers to ‘both Demoiselles Saporiti’ being engaged for Bondini's company:The elder, Antonia, had been a concert singer in Leipzig. She sings the most difficult passages with considerable ease; it is a pity that her voice is somewhat small and that she neglects expression in recitatives. Her younger sister is half a beginner as an actress and singer, and is acclaimed only because of her figure…the younger Demoiselle Saporiti often appears in man's costume and takes over the role of a castrato, which she does poorly and with a bad grace.W.A. Mozart thought well enough of Saporiti, however, to write elaborate and demanding music for her as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni (1787, Prague). She appeared in Venice in P.A. Guglielmi's Arsace (1788) and his Rinaldo (1789), and in Francesco Bianchi's Nitteti at La Scala (1789), and she sang in Bologna, Parma and Modena. In 1795 she was designated prima buffa assoluta in a company at St Petersburg, where she achieved a personal success in Domenico Cimarosa's L'italiana in Londra and Giovanni Paisiello's Il barbiere di Siviglia (1796). She composed two arias, Dormivo in mezzo al prato and Caro mio ben deh senti, which appeared in a collection by J. -B. Hanglaise, Journal d'airs … avec accompagnement de guittare (1796).

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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