Adelina Patti

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Adelina Patti
Background information
Born(1843-02-10)10 February 1843
Madrid, Spain
Died27 September 1919(1919-09-27) (aged 76)
Craig-y-Nos Castle, Wales
GenresOpera, Traditional music
Occupation(s)Coloratura soprano
LabelsGramophone and Typewriter Company

Adelina Patti (10 February 1843 – 27 September 1919)[1] was a highly acclaimed Italian-French 19th-century opera diva, earning huge fees, sometimes $5000 in gold, at the height of her career in the music capitals of Europe and America. She first sang in public as a child in 1851, and gave her last performance before an audience in 1914.

Biography[change | change source]

She was born Adelina Juana Maria Patti,[2] in Madrid, the last child of tenor Salvatore Patti (1800–1869) and soprano Caterina Barilli (died 1870). Her Italian parents were working in Madrid, Spain, at the time of her birth. Because her father came from Sicily, Patti was born a subject of the King of the Two Sicilies, but had a French passport for most of her life, as two of her three husbands were French. She settled in South Wales in 1903, and after her last concert, for the Red Cross, in 1914 she died there, of natural causes.

References[change | change source]

  1. Her birth date is sometimes given as 19 February 1843. According to this newspaper report, an entry in the Madrid baptisms book No. 43, p. 153, showed that Patti was born in the afternoon of 10 February 1843. The Indianapolis journal, 7 April 1901, p. 14, col. 4 ('Musical Notes')
  2. Sadie: The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, 918