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date: 24 August 2019

Gordigiani family (opera)locked

  • William Ashbrook

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Italian family of musicians.

(d Florence, before 1824). Baritone. He won particular renown for his singing in Rossini’s Aureliano in Palmira. In 1811 he sang at the Opéra-Comique in Paris. After his retirement, he spent the rest of his life in Florence.

(b Modena, July 1795; d Prague, March 2, 1871). Baritone, composer and teacher, son of (1) Antonio Gordigiani. He made his operatic début at the Pergola in Florence in 1817 and sang Dandini (Cenerentola) at Pisa later the same year; subsequently, however, he confined himself to singing in concerts. In 1822 he became professor of singing at the Prague Conservatory; the best known of his pupils was the soprano Teresa Stolz. Besides his four operas, he composed church music, as well as a number of canzonettas and a variety of vocal chamber music. In his later years he contributed reports on music in Prague to several musical journals....

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