Portrait lithograph by Antonio Zezon after L. Deluise. Domenico CIMAROSA.
Portrait lithograph by Antonio Zezon after L. Deluise.

Portrait lithograph by Antonio Zezon after L. Deluise.

Napoli: Antonio Zezon Editore, [1835].

Image size 187 x 142 mm, sheet size ca. 287 x 215 mm. Chine appliqué on wove paper. Bust length within ruled border. With "L. Deluise dis." and "Lit.a Zezon" below image.

From the Collezione biografica e litografica, with publisher's blindstamp to center of lower blank margin.

From the collection of the distinguished American mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne (b. 1934).

Slightly worn; edges frayed, with minor paper loss to blank corners.

Domenico Cimarosa was one of the leading composers of Italian comic opera during the late 18th century, writing such works as L'Italiana in Londra (1779), L'Impresario in angustie (1782), Le Trame deluse (1786), and Le Astuzie femminili (1794). While many of his works have fallen into obscurity, two serious operas have been retained in the repertory: Il matrimonio segreto (1792) and Gli Orazi ed i Curiazi (1796).

"Cimarosa’s harmonic vocabulary is diatonic and unadventurous; the strength of his music lies in the richness of his melodic invention, the brilliance and energy of his rhythmic and melodic motifs and his constantly lively accompaniments. He expanded the parameters of opera buffa by creating a genre permeated with sentiment, simplicity, elegance and delicacy. The freshness and vigour of his music was unmatched by his Italian contemporaries." Jennifer Johnson in Grove Dictionary of Opera.

"Horne had a voice of extraordinary range, rich and tangy in timbre, with a stentorian chest register and an exciting top... In concert she once achieved the feat of singing in a single programme Rossini arias and Brünnhilde’s Immolation Scene, proof of her exceptional versatility. Throughout her lengthy career she was an admired recitalist, singing lieder, mélodies, Spanish and American songs with equal aplomb." Alan Blyth in Grove Music Online.

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