Nicola Tacchinardi


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(b Livorno, 3 Sept 1772; d Florence, 14 March 1859). Italian tenor, father of Fanny Tacchinardi-persiani. After playing the cello in the orchestra of the Teatro della Pergola, Florence, he studied singing, appearing in various Italian cities in 1804. In spring 1805 he made his début at La Scala in Ferdinando Paer's Griselda and Farinelli's Odoardo e Carlotta for the celebration of Napoleon I's coronation as king of Italy; during Carnival 1805–6 he sang at the Teatro Carcano, Milan, in Francesco Gnecco's Le nozze di Lauretta. He then established himself in Rome, Bergamo, Bologna (summer 1809) and Turin (Carnival 1810–11); his greatest successes were in Rome, at the Teatro Valle (1806–7) and the Teatro Argentina (1809–10) in Francesco Morlacchi's Le danaidi, Giuseppe Nicolini's Traiano in Dacia and Niccolò Zingarelli's La distruzione di Gerusalemme. His performance of the last-named at the Paris Odéon on 4 May 1811 brought him tumultuous applause; he remained in Paris until 1814 at the Théâtre Italien, singing in Paer's Didone, Don Giovanni (with the title role transposed), Domenico Cimarosa's Gli Orazi ed i Curiazi and Vincenzo Pucitta's Adolfo e Chiara, and, most successfully, in Giovanni Paisiello's La molinara. He sang in Spain, 1815–17, and in Vienna in 1816. In 1818–19 he sang at the Teatro Argentina and elsewhere in Italy, in Nicolini's Cesare nelle Gallie and Gioachino Rossini's Ciro in Babilonia and Aureliano in Palmira. In April 1820 he sang Rossini's Otello (which became his warhorse) at the Teatro del Giglio, Lucca, and in 1820–21 appeared in Il barbiere di Siviglia and La donna del lago.


From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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