Rubini, Giovanni Battista
- Julian Budden
(b Romano, nr Bergamo, April 7, 1794; d Romano, March 3, 1854). Italian tenor. The son of a horn player, at the age of eight he sang Salve regina in a local monastery so beautifully that his father decided to give him a musical education. After four years’ training he was able to sing a female role in an opera in Romano. Thereafter he was engaged at the Teatro Riccardi in Bergamo as violinist and chorister. Wishing to devote himself entirely to singing, he left Bergamo in 1813 and spent the next year in Piedmont as chorister in a touring company. He sang Lindoro in L’italiana in Algeri at the Teatro S Moisè, Venice, in 1815, and he attracted the attention of Domenico Barbaia, who offered him a long-term contract at the S Carlo. Rubini’s Neapolitan début was in 1815 at the Teatro dei Fiorentini, again as Lindoro. He spent ten years in Naples, performing mostly at the smaller houses where comedy prevailed and benefiting from the tuition of ...