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Open Features: Adelina Patti

Peter Wintersgill outlines the life of Adelina Patti who made her singing debut in New York in 1850 and was recognised as the leading soprano of her day.

Born
19th February 1843 in Madrid.

Parents
Both singers.

Childhood
Taken to New York, debut there 1850.

Adolescence
Studied singing with brother—in—law M Strakosch.

Adult life
Toured U.S.A. before Covent Garden debut 1861 as Amina in La Somnambula, where she reigned for 25 years. She became recognised as the leading soprano of her day. She excelled in roles of Amina, Lucia, Norma & Rosina; also noted as Leonora in Trovatore, Violetta in Traviata & Aida.

She had a voice of great range, flexibility & purity of tone. The highest paid singer of her day, she was also famous for her legenary temperament & jewels. Her farewell concert was in London in 1906. She retired to CraigyNos, her castle in Wales, where she died 27th. September 1919 aged 76.

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