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Giuditta Pasta: The Icon of Nineteenth-Century Opera
Her extraordinary vocal range and dramatic power were so remarkable that several composers wrote operas for her, including Gaetano Donizetti, Vincenzo Bellini and Gioacchino Rossini.
Born Giuditta Angiola Maria Costanza Negri on October 26, 1797, Giuditta Pasta established herself as one of the most eminent sopranos of the 19th century. The timbre of his voice, defined as a “soprano vented” captured the public imagination and stimulated broad intellectual debates.

From the Beginning to the Consecration

Raised in a family with a strong musical inclination, Pasta began singing at an early age and took the stage for the first time at just 17 years old. That year she also married the tenor Giuseppe Pasta. Despite a rather difficult start to her career, she conquered the audiences with her Desdemona in Rossini's Otello, earning the title of the most desired prima donna in Europe.

At first, his voice lacked some technical qualities, but was undoubtedly full of expressiveness. His performance style heralded an artistic potential of the highest caliber. After a period of improvement, he returned to the Italian scene with a more controlled voice and newly acquired skills.

The Golden Years

The decade between 1821 and 1831 represents the peak of his career. Her talent was so impressive that composers such as Giovanni Pacini, Vincenzo Bellini and Gaetano Donizetti wrote pieces especially for her.

Pasta is perhaps most famous for her performance as Amina in Bellini's “La sonnambula” and for the titular role in “Norma,” which debuted at La Scala in Milan in 1831. Her greatness lay as much in her acting as in her singing abilities , which however began to show signs of instability in the final years of his career.

A Priceless Legacy

Although he retired from the stage in 1850, the echo of his talent still resonates in the world of classical music. His legacy lives on through the works he inspired and institutions such as the Liceo Musicale e Choreutico Giuditta Pasta in Como, which continues to forge new talent. The Giuditta Pasta Theater in Saronno is another place where her memory is honored, thanks to a program of high-level concerts and performances.

Giuditta Pasta was a colossus in the panorama of opera. The extraordinary nature of her voice, the intensity of her interpretation and her total dedication to the art of singing make her one of the most memorable sopranos of the 19th century.

There is more

Among his most famous works are:
  • • Lope de Vega by Giuseppe Scappa, in which he made his stage debut in 1816
  • • Mozart's Don Giovanni, in which she played the role of Donna Elvira at the Théâtre Italien in Paris in 1817
  • • Juliet and Romeo by Niccolò Antonio Zingarelli, in which she played the role of Juliet at the Théâtre Italien in Paris in 1818
  • • Rossini's Tancredi, in which he played the role of Tancredi at the Théâtre Italien in Paris in 1822
  • • Bellini's La sonnambula, in which she played the role of Amina
  • • Bellini's Norma, in which she played the title role for her debut at La Scala in Milan in 1831
  • • Donizetti's Anna Bolena, in which she played the main role

Other information

The Giuditta Pasta Theater in Saronno was founded in 1990 by the will of the municipal administration of the city of Saronno.

In 1988 the Municipality decided to renovate the ancient post station called "Casa Morandi" built in 1590 as a place of catering for pilgrims who went to visit the Sanctuary of the Beata Vergine dei Miracoli of Saronno.

The municipality intervened by saving the ancient ice house (the current Nevera room), creating the rooms of the Civic Library and, on the side, building a new theater which bears the name of the great Saronno opera singer Giuditta Pasta.

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