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Marchesi family

Elizabeth Forbes

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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Italian family of singers .

( b Palermo, Jan 15, 1822; d Paris, Feb 20, 1908). Italian baritone and singing teacher . He studied in Palermo and in Milan with Lamperti. Forced to leave Italy because of his liberal political ideas, he made his début in New York in 1848 as Carlo in Ernani. On returning to Europe he studied further with Manuel Garcia in London and sang there in concert in 1850, when he met the German mezzo-soprano Mathilde Graumann. After their marriage in 1852 he appeared at the Berlin Opera in Ernani, Il barbiere di Siviglia and Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia. Further engagements in Germany followed, and in December 1853 he sang at Ferrara, again in Ernani. After a period spent teaching at the Vienna Conservatory, in 1863 he returned briefly to the stage. He sang Leporello and Gounod’s Mephistopheles (in Italian) at Her Majesty’s Theatre, where in 1864 he again sang Mephistopheles, this time in the first performance of ...

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