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Open Features: Giuditta Pasta

Peter Wintersgill outlines the life of singer Giuditta Pasta who created roles of Amina in Bellini's La Somnambula.

Born
28th. October 1798 in Saronno near Milan.

Adult life
Studied in Milan. Debut Brescia 1815 and London 1817, both unsuccessful. Successful debut Paris 1816, also Venice 1819 best at first in Rossini roles, esp. Desdemona, Tancredi & Semiramide. Sang regularly in London, Paris and St. Petersburg.

Created roles of Amina in Bellini's La Somnambula (1831), Norma and Beatrice di Tenda. Her main claim to fame was as Donizetti's Anna Bolena Milan 1830.
For more than a decade she was the greatest soprano in Europe, unrivalled in her combination of lyric genius & dramatic power.
She died 1st. April 1865 in Blevio near Lake Como aged 66.

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