Sonnet in praise of the noted soprano. "A Giuditta Pasta Medea, Niobe, e Desdemona"
by [PASTA, Giuditta 1797-1865] Ponta, Gioacchino fl. 19th century
"After singing in all the main Italian centres from 1818 (her roles included Rossini's Cenerentola and Cimarosa's Curiazio), [Pasta] achieved her first great triumph singing Rossini's Desdemona at the Theatre 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... Pasta's greatness lay in her naturalness, truth of expression and individual timbre, which enabled her, within a phrase, to achieve soul-stirring emotion. She could execute intricate fioriture but channeled her bravura to illuminate the drama... An accomplished actress, her deportment and portrayal of dignity were without peer." Kenneth Stern in Grove Music Online.As the present sonnet attests, Pasta was also renowned for her portrayals of Medea in Simon Mayr's Medea in Corinto and the title role (which she created) in Giovanni Pacini's Niobe.. 1 page, ca. 312 x 218 mm. Finely printed in letterpress on laid paper with a watermark (fleur de lis above the text "D Lorenzo L"). In Italian.The first and last lines of the sonnet are, respectively: "L'alme rapir ed agitar le menti" and "Per gli altri è un voto, e per l'Italia è un vanto."Worn, with slight loss to edges; some creasing. (Inventory #: 24394)
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