Ferrarese [Ferraresi, Ferrarese del Bene], Adriana [Andreanna, Andriana]
- Patricia Lewy Gidwitz
- and John A. Rice
(b Valvasan o [now Friuli], Sept 19, 1759; d after 1803). Italian soprano. As a student at the Ospedale dei Mendicanti in Venice from 1778 to 1782 she sang in oratorio. She has long been identified with a Francesca Gabrielli, ‘detta la Ferrarese’, whom Burney heard at the Ospedaletto in Venice in 1770; Gerber may have been the first to assume that Burney's Gabrielli and Adriana Ferrarese were one and the same, but no solid evidence links them. She eloped with Luigi del Bene in December 1782, appeared in a serious opera in Livorno during autumn 1784 and Livorno before arriving in London in 1785. During her two years there she sang initially in serious opera and then, because she was overshadowed in that genre by Mara, in comic, where she was assigned the serious roles. By autumn 1786 she was back in Italy, where she sang exclusively in ...