Adini, Ada [Chapman, Adele ]
- David Cummings
(b Boston, 1855; d Dieppe, Feb 1924). American soprano . She studied with Pauline Viardot and Giovanni Sbriglia in Paris. Her début role was Meyerbeer’s Dinorah, at Varese in 1876. She appeared with the Mapleson Company in New York and after returning to Europe sang at the Opéra from 1887, notably in the 1890 première of Ascanio by Saint-Saëns. At Covent Garden she was heard as Donna Anna (1894, 1897). She was successful in the Wagnerian repertory and sang Brünnhilde in the Italian première of Die Walküre (1893, La Scala). Her second husband was Paul Milliet, the librettist of Massenet’s Hérodiade.