Sonnet in praise of the noted soprano. Giuditta PASTA.

Sonnet in praise of the noted soprano

1 page. Large octavo. [Trieste, 1820.] Attractively printed in letterpress on fine paper with watermark within a decorative border. With the name of the typographer (Weis) to lower margin. In Italian.

"All' egregio merito della Signora Giuditta Pasta che con universali applausi sostenne il carattere di prima donna nel gran teatro di Trieste il carnovale dell'anno 1820... Allor, che implori dal guerriero Sire... E se le stigie porte aprir si fèo'" followed by an explanation of the fact that the sonnet refers to three operas which featured Pasta: "Si allude alle tre opere da essa sostenute il Baron di Dolscheim, l'Agnese, e la Cenerentola."

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"After singing in all the main Italian centres from 1818 (her roles included Rossini's Cenerentola and Cimarosa's Curiazio), [Pasta] achieved her first great triumph singing Rossini's Desdemona at the Theatre Italien, Paris, in 1821, subsequently appearing there as Tancredi and Queen Elizabeth. In the following decade she established herself as Europe's greatest soprano, exerting a major influence on the styles of Bellini and Donizetti and becoming one of Rossini's favourite singers... Pasta's greatness lay in her naturalness, truth of expression and individual timbre, which enabled her, within a phrase, to achieve soul-stirring emotion. She could execute intricate fioriture but channeled her bravura to illuminate the drama... An accomplished actress, her deportment and portrayal of dignity were without peer." Kenneth Stern in Grove Music Online.

During the 1819-1820 carnival season, Pasta appeared as the prima donna in six productions at the Teatro Nuovo in Trieste. Three of them are mentioned in this tribute: Giovanni Pacini's Il barone di Dolshiem, which opened on December 26, 1819; Gioachino Rossini's La Cenerentola, which opened on January 19, 1820; and Ferdinando Paër's L'Agnese, which opened on February 24, 1820. Although Pasta considered her time in Trieste "an acceptable experience," she never returned to the city. Stern: Giuditta Pasta A Life on the Lyric Stage, pp. 63-66. Item #23724

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