Bordoni [Hasse; Bordon Hasse], Faustina
- Winton Dean
(b Venice, March 30, 1697; d Venice, Nov 4, 1781). Italian mezzo-soprano. She was brought up under the protection of the brothers Alessandro and Benedetto Marcello and taught by Michelangelo Gasparini. For many years she was in the service of the Elector Palatine. Her début came in 1716 in C.F. Pollarolo’s Ariodante in Venice, where she sang until 1725, in operas by Lotti, for whom she created the role of Sallustia in Alessandro Severo (1717), Albinoni, M. and F. Gasparini, C.F. and A. Pollarolo, Orlandini, Giacomelli, Vinci and others. She appeared at Reggio nell’Emilia in 1717, 1719 (creating the role of Irene in F. Gasparini’s Bajazet) and 1720, Milan in 1719, Modena in 1720, Bologna in 1721–2, Naples in 1721–3 (seven operas, including Leo’s Bajazete), Florence (1723) and Parma (1724–5, including Vinci’s Il trionfo di Camilla). She made her German début in ...