Strepponi, Giuseppina [Clelia Maria Josepha ]
- Julian Budden
[Clelia Maria Josepha ]
(b Lodi, Sept 8, 1815; d Sant’Agata, nr Busseto, Nov 14, 1897). Italian soprano . She was the eldest daughter of Feliciano Strepponi (1797–1832), organist of Monza Cathedral and composer of several operas, of which Ullà di Bassora enjoyed some success at La Scala in 1831. She studied the piano and singing at the Milan Conservatory, winning the first prize for bel canto in her final year. She made her début at Adria in Luigi Ricci’s Chiara di Rosembergh in December 1834; her first triumph was in Rossini’s Matilde di Shabran in Trieste in spring 1835. In the same year she appeared in Vienna as Adalgisa in Norma and as the heroine of La sonnambula, which became one of her most famous roles. She often appeared with the tenor Napoleone Moriani and the baritone Giorgio Ronconi. She was now the breadwinner of her family: her unremitting activity, combined with liaisons which resulted in three illegitimate children, considerably shortened her career. During the late 1830s, however, she aroused fanatical enthusiasm; Donizetti wrote his ...