Laschi [Mombelli], Luisa
- Christopher Raeburn
(b Florence, 1760s; dc1790). Italian soprano. Her first known appearances were in 1782 in Vicenza and Bologna. She made her Viennese début on 24 September 1784 in Cimarosa’s Giannina e Bernardone. The Wiener Kronik said: ‘she has a beautiful clear voice, which in time will become rounder and fuller; she is very musical, sings with more expression than the usual opera singers and has a beautiful figure! Madam Fischer (Storazi [i.e. Nancy Storace]) has only more experience, and is otherwise in no way superior to Dem Laschi’. On 21 January 1785 Laschi replaced Storace, who was about to give birth, as Rosina in Paisiello’s Il barbiere di Siviglia ‘very well, and was much applauded’ (Zinzendorf). She left at Easter for an engagement in Naples – where she met her future husband, the tenor Domenico Mombelli (1751–1835) – but returned to Vienna at Easter 1786. There, on ...