Cavalieri, Catarina [Cavalier, Catharina Magdalena Josepha]
- Patricia Lewy Gidwitz
[Cavalier, Catharina Magdalena Josepha]
(b Vienna, March 18, 1755; d Vienna, June 30, 1801). Austrian soprano. The baptismal record establishes her correct name and date of birth (Weinmann). During a versatile career, confined almost exclusively to Vienna, she appeared with equal success in comic and serious roles in both the Italian and German repertories. Until late in her career Cavalieri possessed an impressive upper range, to d‴. An extraordinary stamina and flexibility are reflected in consistently large-scale bravura arias. Of her début in Vienna (19 June 1775 at the Kärntnertortheater), as Sandrina in Anfossi’s La finta giardiniera, Prince Khevenhüller wrote that she possessed a very strong chest voice and met with ‘well-deserved approbation’. In 1776–7 she belonged to a troupe of Italian singers led by V. Fanti. In 1778 she sang Sophie in Umlauf’s Die Bergknappen, the inaugural production of the National Singspiel, and went on to sing 18 leading roles in the company including Nannette in Salieri’s ...