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Manskopf Collection / Sammlung Manskopf
Courtesy of the Manskopf Collection / Sammlung Manskopf, Universitőtsbibliothek Frankfurt am Main (F08594)
Antonietta Fricci Neri-Baraldi (1840 - 1912), Austrian/Italian mezzo-soprano
Antonietta Fricci was born in Vienna, Austria on 8 January 1840. She studied voice with Mathilde Marchesi in Italy and made debut at age 18 as Violetta in Verdi's "Traviatta" in 1858 at Bologna. She sang lead roles in Bellini's "Norma," Verdi's "Rigoletto," and often appeared as Lucrezia in Verdi's "Lucrezia Borgia." She performance history includes opera theatres in Turin, Bologna, Pisa, Parma, and in Lisbon, Madrid and London. Appearing most often in Italy and Portugal.
In London in Verdi operas, The Musical Times, September 1, 1867 reports:
"... of Madlle Fricci who made her first appearance this season as Amelia in Verdi's opera, "Un Ballo in Manchero," we must speak in the highest terms of commendation, not only for her performance of Amelia (already well-known to the audiences of this establishment) but for her excellent singing and acting as the princess, Eboli, in Verdi's opera Don Carlos, the declamatory music of which is well-suited to her voice and style."
Antonietta Fricci married the tenor, Pietro Neri-Baraldi (1828 - 1902) and the opera programs began to reflect her married name, Antonietta Fricci Neri-Baraldi. She later taught voice and her most famous students were Cesira Ferrani and Cesira Zanazzio. She died 7 September, 1912 in Turin, Italy
(Kindly contributed by T. Max Hochstetler, June 2007)