Villeneuve, Louise [Luisa, Luigia ]
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[Luisa, Luigia ]
(fl1786–99). Soprano, active in Italy. According to Zinzendorf’s diary (11 July 1789), she was a pupil of Noverre’s, in which case she was probably the Mlle Villeneuve who was a member of Noverre’s ballet company in Vienna from 1771 to 1774. Her first known appearance as a singer was in 1786 in Milan. In 1788 she appeared in Venice and Milan, singing, among other roles, Amore in Martín y Soler’s L’arbore di Diana. She sang the same role for her début in Vienna on 27 June 1789, successfully replacing Luisa Laschi, the acclaimed original Amore, on account of ‘her charming appearance, her sensitive and expressive acting and her artful, beautiful singing’ (Wiener Zeitung, lii, 1789, p.1673). Mozart supplied arias for her in Cimarosa’s I due baroni (K578) and Martín’s Il burbero di buon cuore (K582–3), and wrote for her Dorabella in ...