Fanny Tacchinardi-Persiani


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(b Rome, 4 Oct 1812; d Neuilly-sur-Seine, 3 May 1867). Italian soprano, daughter of Nicola Tacchinardi and wife of the composer Giuseppe Persiani. She made her début in Livorno in 1832 in the title role of Giuseppe Fournier-Gorre's Francesca da Rimini. Singing in Tancredi, La gazza ladra, Il pirata and L'elisir d'amore (Carnival 1832–3, Venice) and in L'elisir, Beatrice di Tenda and La sonnambula (summer 1833, Milan), she made a deep impression as an interpreter of Vincenzo Bellini and particularly of Gaetano Donizetti, who wrote for her the title roles of Rosmonda d'Inghilterra (1834, Florence), Lucia di Lammermoor (1835, Naples) and Pia de’ Tolomei (1837, Venice). She triumphed further in 1834 at the Teatro del Fondo, Naples, in Valentino Fioravanti's Le cantatrici villane and again in L'elisir and Beatrice, and in 1836 at the Teatro Comunale, Bologna, in Persiani's Ines de Castro; her frequent appearances in her husband's operas contributed to their success.


From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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