Personalities | Andrea Nozzari | Early Romantic | Opera
Andrea Nozzari was one of the greatest tenors to sing in Rossini’s operas, creating, among many others, the roles of the Earl of Leicester in Elisabetta, regina d’Inghilterra and the title role in Otello. Nozzari was the complete opera singer, with a strong voice and graceful stage presence. He probably made his debut at Pavia, Italy in 1794, afterwards moving on to La Scala, Milan where he performed in 1796–97, 1800 and 1811–12. Meanwhile, Nozzari performed at the Théâtre Italien in Paris in 1803 and 1804. His final berth was at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples (1811–25) where he was one of a group of tenors who set new standards of singing, including great technical facility, wide voice range and the ability to sing top notes in falsetto. Another member of the group was Giovanni Battista Rubini (1794–1854), a one-time pupil of Nozzari’s.
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