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date: 21 November 2019

Moriani, Napoleonelocked

  • Julian Budden


(b Florence, March 10, 1806/1808; d Florence, March 4, 1878). Italian tenor. He made his début at Pavia in 1833 in Pacini’s Gli arabi nelle Gallie. Between 1840 and 1844 he frequently sang in Vienna and Germany; in 1841 he was made a Kammersänger to the Austrian emperor. From 1844 to 1846 he appeared alternately in London and Madrid (where he was awarded the Order of Isabella), and made his Paris début in 1845 at the Théâtre Italien; he also sang at Lisbon and Barcelona, then for two years in Italy. His last important engagements were at the Théâtre Italien (1849–50) and Madrid (1850).

Moriani combined sweetness of tone with great dramatic intensity. With his gaunt good looks he excelled in death scenes: impressed by his performance in revivals of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and Pia de’ Tolomei, composers wrote for him parts portraying the hero in a prolonged death agony, as in Vaccai’s ...

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