Personalities | Fanny Tacchinardi-Persiani | Early Romantic | Opera

1812–67, Italian

The angelic-looking soprano Fanny Tacchinardi-Persiani was made to play the delicate, suffering heroines of early Romantic opera. Fanny Tacchinardi – as she was before marrying the composer Giuseppe Persiani in 1830 – made her debut in 1832 at Livorno and went on to great success in Venice, Naples and Milan. She sang at the Théâtre Italien in Paris (1837–48), in London at the Haymarket Theatre (1838–46) and Covent Garden (1847–49), in Vienna in 1837 and 1844, and St Petersburg (1850–52). Tacchinardi-Persiani created the title roles in Donizetti’s Rosmonda d’Inghilterra, Lucia di Lammermoor and Pia de’Tolomei (‘Pia of Tolomei’, 1837). She was widely acclaimed for her Linda of Chamonix and Lucrezia Borgia. Giuseppe Persiani’s operas benefited from his marriage to such a brilliant and popular singer. So did the London opera world, for in 1847, husband and wife helped establish the Royal Italian Opera at Covent Garden.

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