Mario, Giovanni Matteo, Cavaliere de Candia (opera)
- Elizabeth Forbes
(b Cagliari, Oct 17, 1810; d Rome, Dec 11, 1883). Italian tenor. He was an army officer but was forced to desert and go into exile because of his association with Mazzini’s ‘Young Italy’ party. He studied in Paris with Ponchard and Bordogni and was coached by Meyerbeer himself for his Opéra début as Robert le diable (1838); he also sang the title role of Le comte Ory. His London début, as Gennaro (Lucrezia Borgia), was at Her Majesty’s (1839); Lucrezia was sung by Giulia Grisi, his stage partner for the next 22 years and his lifelong companion. He also appeared as Nemorino and Pollione. He returned to Paris to make his début at the Théâtre Italien as Nemorino and sang in the first performance of Halévy’s Le drapier at the Opéra.
Thereafter, Mario and Grisi divided their time between Paris and London. In winter ...