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date: 17 October 2019

Unger [Ungher], Caroline [Karoline, Carolina, Carlotta]locked

  • Ursula Kramer
  •  and Peter Branscombe

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[Karoline, Carolina, Carlotta]

(b Stuhlweissenburg [now Székesfehérvár], Oct 28, 1803; d Florence, March 23, 1877). Austrian mezzo-soprano. The daughter of Johann Karl Unger, a professor at the Theresian Academy, she had her first singing lessons with Joseph Mozatti and Ugo Bassi. Later she studied with Aloysia Weber, J.M. Vogl and finally with Domenico Roncini in Milan. She made her début on 24 February 1824 in Vienna at the Kärntnertortheater as Dorabella in Così fan tutte. She and Henriette Sontag sang in the première of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony on 7 May 1824.

The next year Unger followed the impresario Domenico Barbaia to Italy; as early as 1825, the cartellone of Naples listed her as one of the prime donne among the women singers engaged for the season. She enjoyed further success in Turin, Bologna, Genoa, Milan and Rome. At La Scala she sang Isoletta in the première of Bellini's La straniera on ...

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