Angri [D’Angri], Elena [Nazarena, Mattia, Catterina]
- Kostas Kardamis
[Nazarena, Mattia, Catterina]
(b Corfu, May 14, 1821; d Barcelona, Nov 5, 1886). Greek contralto and mezzo-soprano of Neapolitan origin, considered, already during her lifetime, as the earliest Greek opera singer to pursue an international career. The indigence of her family, already severe in 1840, played a decisive role in Angri’s professional career. As her uncle’s protégée she went successively to Naples and Florence, and studied with Salvatore Taglioni and Giuseppe Doglia. In 1843 Lanari engaged Angri for her debut in Lucca. In 1844 she sang in Livorno and in La Scala, and in 1845 she was receiving bursary from Merelli. From 1845 to 1847 Angri shared her activities between Milan and Vienna. In 1846 her successful appearances in Vienna’s Hofoper earned her the title of the Austrian Emperor’s Kammersängerin.
In 1847 and 1848 Angri performed in St Petersburg and then between 1849 and 1856 appeared in London at Covent Garden and Her Majesty’s Theatre, in Paris at the Théâtre Italien and Salle Pleyel, and at Teatro Real of Madrid. In Britain Angri also performed in the National Concerts (...