Reference Entry

Villeneuve, Louise (opera)

Dorothea Link

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print December 1992 |
Published online January 2002 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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[Luisa, Luigia]

Soprano . In 1787–8 she sang in Venice in operas by Guglielmi and Martín y Soler; in Milan in 1788 her roles included Amore in Martín’s L’arbore di Diana. She spent 1789–90 and 1790–91 in Vienna, making her début on 27 June 1789 as Amore, when she was admired for ‘her charming appearance, her sensitive and expressive acting and her artful, beautiful singing’ (Wiener Zeitung, lii (1789), 1673). Mozart supplied arias for her in Cimarosa’s I due baroni ( K 578) and Martín’s Il burbero di buon cuore ( K 582–3), and wrote for her Dorabella in Così fan tutte (26 January 1790), alluding in her Act 2 aria to her role as Amore (see D. Link: ‘Così fan tutte: Dorabella and Amore’, MJb 1991, 888–94). There is no evidence that, as is often stated, she was the sister of Adriana Ferrarese, who sang Fiordiligi. Zinzendorf noted in his diary (...

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Subjects: Opera

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