Antonietta Pozzoni


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(b Venice, 1846; d Genoa, April 1914). Italian soprano, later mezzo-soprano. She studied in St Petersburg and Milan, making her début at La Scala in 1865 as Marguerite (Faust). After singing in Rome, Padua, Turin and Naples, in 1871 she sang La traviata in Florence, which led to her engagement to sing Aida at the première of Giuseppe Verdi's opera in Cairo. Her soprano repertory included Lady Macbeth, Hélène (Les vêpres siciliennes), Anna Bolena, Lucrezia Borgia, Emilia (Saverio Mercadante's La vestale) and Norma. In 1874 she took part in the first performance of Carlos Gomes's Salvator Rosa at Genoa and sang Amneris at Brescia, repeating the role in Rome, Madrid, Milan, Barcelona and Florence. Her mezzo parts included Fidès, Azucena, Ortrud, Léonor (La favorite) and Jules Massenet's Herodias. She retired in 1887.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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