Pasta [née Negri], Giuditta (Angiola Maria Costanza)
- Kenneth Stern
(Angiola Maria Costanza)
(b Saronno, nr Milan, Oct 26, 1797; d Como, April 1, 1865). Italian soprano. She studied in Milan with Giuseppe Scappa and Davide Banderali and later with Crescentini and Paer among others. In 1816 she made her début at the Teatro degli Accademici Filodrammatici, Milan, in the première of Scappa’s Le tre Eleonore; soon after, she appeared in Paris at the Théâtre Italien as Donna Elvira, Giulietta in Zingarelli’s Giulietta e Romeo and in two operas by Paer. Her London début at the King’s Theatre in 1817 was as Telemachus in Cimarosa’s Penelope. She also sang Cherubino and Despina.
After singing in all the main Italian centres from 1818 (her roles included Rossini’s Cenerentola and Cimarosa’s Curiazio), she achieved her first great triumph singing Rossini’s Desdemona at the Théâtre Italien, Paris, in 1821, subsequently appearing there as Tancredi and Queen Elizabeth. In the following decade she established herself as Europe’s greatest soprano, exerting a major influence on the styles of Bellini and Donizetti and becoming one of Rossini’s favourite singers. Her great roles included Zingarelli’s Romeo, Mayr’s Medea and Paisiello’s Nina. She made a triumphant return to London in ...