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Open Features: Luigi Lablache

Peter Wintersgill summarises the life of singer Luigi Lablache, who made his debut in Milan in 1817 as Dandini in Rossiniís La Cenerentola.

Born
6 December, 1794, in Naples

Family
Of French and Irish parentage

Adult Life
Luigi Lablache studied in Naples, making his debut there in 1812. He had a five year engagement at Palermo. In Milan his 1817 debut was as Dandini in Rossiniís La Cenerentola. He sang in Turin, Venice and Vienna, where he sang Mozartís Requiem at Beethovenís funeral in 1827. He also sang in Naples and in London.

He created Riccardo in Belliniís I Puritani in Paris in 1835, also the title roles in Donizettiís Don Pasquali and Marina Faliero. He was a famous Bartolo and Leporello.

He taught singing to Queen Victoria.

He died in Naples on 23 January, 1858, aged 63.

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