Peverara [Peperara], Laura
- Anthony Newcomb
(b Mantua, c1563; d Ferrara, Dec 29, 1600). Italian virtuosa singer . She was brought up in Mantuan courtly circles, the daughter of a respected Mantuan intellectual, and educated with the princes of that court. She was clearly a singer of great excellence and charm, as well as a dancer and harpist of considerable skill. She was present already as a singer of notable gifts in Verona in the late 1570s. She was the first and the dominant member of the famous Ferrarese group of singers (concerto delle dame, which also included Anna Guarini, Livia d'Arco and, in some role and for some period at least, Tarquinia Molza) from its foundation in 1580 until its dissolution in 1598. Peperara's singing was the subject of numerous laudatory poems by various authors including Tasso and Guarini. The idea that Tasso had fallen in love with Peperara in Mantua 1563-64...