B1483. (GIUDITTA PASTA) ALESSANDRO SEVESO. Giuditta Pasta a Como. Como, 1928. 31pp. Illus. (Italian text) Softbound.
“Giuditta Angiola Maria Costanza Pasta (née Negri; 26 October, 1797 – 1 April, 1865), born in Saronno, Italy, was a soprano considered among the greatest of opera singers, to whom the 20th-century soprano Maria Callas was compared.
Pasta's first appearance in London in 1817 was a failure. Further studies with Scappa were followed by a successful début in Venice in 1819. She caused a sensation in Paris in 1821–22, where the immense range of her voice and her dramatic gifts were matched by poignancy of expression. She sang regularly in London, Paris, Milan and Naples between 1824 and 1837. She created Donizetti's ANNA BOLENA in Milan (Teatro Carcano) in 1830 and Amina in Bellini's LA SONNAMBULA and NORMA (both in Milan in 1831).
Pasta also taught singing in Italy. Among her notable pupils were contralto Emma Albertazzi and soprano Marianna Barbieri-Nini and the English soprano Adelaide Kemble who records this in her memoirs. She also records how when after her career was really over Pasta unwisely came to London for a charity concert. Kemble asked fellow-singer Pauline Viardot what she thought of her voice now and got the reply ‘It is a ruin, but then so is Leonardo’s Last Supper’.”
- Zillah Dorset Akron