Large broadside tribute to the noted Italian soprano celebrating her success at La Fenice in Venice

[?Florence]: Draghi, [ca. 1855]. Text printed in dark blue within a decorative oval wreath with a phoenix and sunburst to lower portion and titles of the operas in which Barbieri-Nini performed to a ribbon around the wreath, "Gran Theatro La Fenice Stagione 1854-55" to foot. 395 x 415 mm. Lithographically printed.

Slightly worn and soiled; creased; several tears to margins.

"... in 1840 she made a disastrous first appearance at La Scala in Donizetti’s Belisario. Shortly afterwards she broke her contract with the impresario Merelli and joined Lanari’s troupe in Florence. Here she made a second, and this time triumphant, début in Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia. For the next 15 years she sang with great success throughout Italy and in Barcelona, Madrid and Paris. She was a highly dramatic singer with a powerful voice, particularly effective in the title roles of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena and Rossini’s Semiramide. She created three Verdi roles, Lucrezia in I due Foscari (1844, Rome), Lady Macbeth (1847, Florence) and Gulnara in Il corsaro (1848, Trieste)." Elizabeth Forbes in Grove Music Online. Item #24788

Price: $200.00  other currencies

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