“When the little (gramophone) trumpet gave forth the beautiful tones, she went into ecstasies! She threw kisses into the trumpet and kept on saying, ‘Ah! Mon Dieu! Maintenant je comprends pourquoi je suis Patti! Oh oui! Quelle voix! Quelle artiste! Je comprends tout!’ Her enthusiasm was so naïve and genuine that the fact that she was praising her own voice seemed to us all to be right and proper.”
—From the autobiography of Patti’s accompanist Landon Ronald
Adelina Patti (1863)
by Franz Xaver Winterhalter.
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. (ca. 1957)
Portrait of Isabella Colbran, whose voice was behind the leading roles of Rossini’s Neapolitan operas. Colbran later became Rossini’s wife.
Soprano Giuditta Pasta and tenor Giovanni Battista Rubini, the original leads in Bellini’s La Sonnambula. (ca. 1831)
Caricature of Gaetano Majorano a.k.a Caffarelli by Pier Leone Ghezzi.
A young Giuditta Pasta as Rossini’s Desdemona (Otello) when she sang this role in Paris in the early 1820s. By David Pradier.
Joyce DiDonato as Maria Stuarda, April 21st, 2012.
A minute of Joyce DiDonato as Maria Stuarda, April 21st, 2012.
Oh God, I NEED to see this! I don’t know how, where and when! I just… NEED! Joyce sounds PERFECT… as usual!