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date: 22 November 2019

Saporiti [Codecasa], Teresalocked

  • Christopher Raeburn

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(b 1763; d Milan, March 17, 1869). Italian soprano. As a member of Pasquale Bondini’s company she sang, with her sister Antonia (d 1787), in Leipzig, Dresden and Prague. A report in the Litteratur und Theater Zeitung (summer 1782) refers to ‘both Demoiselles Saporiti’ being engaged to sing for Bondini’s company:

The elder, Antonia, had been a concert singer in Leipzig. She sings the most difficult passages with considerable ease; it is a pity that her voice is somewhat small and that she neglects expression in recitatives. Her younger sister is half a beginner as an actress and singer, and is acclaimed only because of her figure … the younger Demoiselle Saporiti often appears in man’s costume and takes over the role of a castrato, which she does poorly and with a bad grace.

Mozart thought well enough of Saporiti, however, to write elaborate and demanding music for her as Donna Anna in ...

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