- Elizabeth Forbes
- and Roger Parker
(b Milan, Aug 6, 1810; d Madrid, Jan 8, 1890). Italian baritone. He studied with his father, Domenico Ronconi, a well-known singing teacher, and made his début in 1831 at Pavia as Valdeburgo (La straniera). The following year he sang in Donizetti’s L'esule di Roma at the Teatro Valle, Rome, where in 1833 he sang Cardenio in Il furioso all’isola di San Domingo and the title role of Torquato Tasso, both first performances. He also sang in five other Donizetti premières, Il campanello di notte (Naples, 1836), Pia de’ Tolomei (Venice, 1837), Maria de Rudenz (Venice, 1838), Maria Padilla (Milan, 1841) and Maria di Rohan (Vienna, 1843), which he repeated at the Théâtre Italien, Paris. Having first sung at La Scala in 1839 as Enrico Ashton (Lucia di Lammermoor), he created the title role of Verdi’s Nabucco there in ...