Personalities | Mattia Battistini | Turn of the Century | Opera
Battistini was gifted with a beautiful baritone voice and after only a short period of study was given the opportunity to take on the leading role in Gaetano Donizetti’s (1797–1848) La favorite in 1878. Such was his success that Battistini embarked immediately on a busy schedule. His liquid, agile, high voice was ideally suited for the gymnastic requirements of the bel canto repertoire. Indeed, he fitted into a vocal category popular in the nineteenth century termed baritenore. Battistini’s voice was also capable of a darkness and edge that made him ideally suited to his most famous roles including Rigoletto, Germont and Eugene Onegin.
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