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Adelina Patti. The first superstar in Lisbon

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Adelina Patti was one of the most renowned opera singers, and the highest paid singer of her time.

Born in Spain to Italian parents who emigrated to the United States of America, she made her debut at the age of sixteen, at the New York Academy of Music.

In Europe, her debut was at the Royal Italian Opera in Covent Garden on May 14th, 1861.

She was admired by Giuseppe Verdi, and her career as a “coloratura soprano” spanned nearly sixty years.

MISTILSON DOT COM presents an article published in the Retro Heart Section entitled Adelina Patty, the first superstar in Lisbon, written by Mister Olson and narrated by Arthur and Beatrix. Between October eighteen eighty five and march eighteen eighty six, Lisbon music lovers lived in anxiety. The superstar of her time, Adelina Patty, was about to arrive to royal theater of Sou Carlos, as Teodoor de Grave wrote in eighteen sixty five, at the age of twenty two, she had already sung in front of all the sovereigns, had already known all the hits, had already become an idol of the smartest public on the planet. Among her friends, she counted princes and great lords at her feet, crowns fell, made many hearts beat in secret and was loved by all who came to...

...her insanity, delirium and nervous. That was how Casimiro Dantus, the Chronicler of the Portuguese illustrated press, described the reaction of Lisbon's high life to the soprano performance of the Sou Carlos. After all, Patty was one of the most renowned opera singers of her time. Born in Spain to Italian parents who emigrated to the United States of America, she made her debut at the age of sixteen at the New York Academy of Music. In Europe, her debut was at the Royal Italian opera in Covent Garden, may fourteen eighteen sixty one. She was admired by Giuseppe Verdi and her career as a choleratura soprano spans nearly sixty years. In October eighteen eighty five, five performances of Adelina Patti where announced, which would take place the following month. The announcement was so...

...thunderous that the sole Carlos box office sold out in forty eight hours. The demand for tickets was such that a parallel sales market developed and gave rise to all sorts of frauds. At the theater. Each ticket was sold for an exorbitant price. For Lisbon Music Lovers, Adelina's performance was an opportunity that they could not miss because of the rumors about her artistic decline. Another chronicler, Giovasio Labatu, referring to the artists performances in Barcelona, Valencia and Madrid echoed these reservations in his chronicles. In fact, in one thousand eight hundred eighty four, amidst the cheers from the audience in Barcelona and Valencia, the diva was booed, freezing the expectations of those in Madrid who dispersed considerable sums to obtain the ticket. According to Geovasio Lebato, the problem was not the singer's performance, but the high ticket price. He wrote. The gentleman who whistled...

Patti in Valencia and Barcelona did not whistle the diva, they whistled the businessmen. They did not complain because Patty gave them less marks, they complained because the businessman took too many marks. However, according to the account of Claude Auga, in Valencia, when refused to sing the waltz eal bat show, Adelina Patti received the first boo of her career. It would be in Madrid that doubts would be dispelled. At the very first recitaled, patty triumphed, raising any hostility and being noisy and unanimously acclaimed. Those were Great News for South Carlos Entrepreneur Antonio de Campos Valdi's who could rest assured in what could be the highlight of an excellent season in Lisbon's theater. A cholera outbreak had spread across Europe, especially in Spain. As today, there were quarantines everywhere.

For this reason, Adelina Patti made to known that, as long as the quarantines were not lifted, she would not act in Portugal. Competing for her delay was certainly the question in of her marriage to the Marquis de co Henrie Roger De Cowzok. Their marriage collapsed and Co granted her separation in one thousand eight hundred and seventy seven and divorce in one thousand eight hundred and eighty five, at which point Patty lost half her fortune. Therefore, cholera, scandal and frustration will have been sufficient reasons for the delay. Finally, the singer's arrival at the Santo Opolonia train station was announced at six a M On march twenty five, eighteen eighty six. However, the anxiety was such that Patty was already having lunch at the Grand Hotel in Lisbon, and on the streets people still say insistently that Patti did not arrive. The fears only have dissipated...

...when the artist was seen promenading along the toggas river in an uncovered carriage in the company of the French tenor, Ernest Niquelini, whom she would marry months later. It was a relief, after all, she had arrived. The details of her staying in Lisbon were meticulously reported in the social magazines of the time. She out a matter. The owner of the Grand Hotel de Lisboa endeavored to satisfy all the desires of the celebrity who, with her presence, attracted attention to his hotel. During her staying at the Grand Hotel de Lisboa, Patti's lunch menu included Rice Broth, Chateaubriyon sirloin steak, spinach, asparagus, boiled fish, roast chicken and apple sauce. Dinners, served around nineteen pm included pasta soup, boiled fish, English steak with potatoes, English peas,...

...roast chicken, spinach and asparagus. The detail goes as far as to describe the state of the artist's throat and stomach, emphasizing the discomfort that a rheumatic pain in the knee had caused her. The prediction of Patti's artistic decadence haunted Lisbon's dilitantes. The city was divided between those who believed in her virtues and those who favored her misfortune. On the other hand, the sow Carlos audience already had its diva Fides Devri's. That is why Adelina Patti had to make use of her artistic qualities on this subject, Giovasio Labato wrote. The audience at first was in a cold and almost hostile expectation. The public loves devrees and we find him full of reason, and that is why we admire her. to He knows that his cult for the beautiful vidis forbad him to...

...make another idol more expensive. On the night of March twenty seven, one thousand eight hundred eighty six, a mob invaded Sou Carlos. They were preparing to confirm the fame of the one who started her career in the United States of America and who, at that time, amazed the European stages. The tension was high and although Patti sang and perform hauntingly well, she failed to charm the audience with Gioachino Rossini's the barber of Seville. Finally, she got the first applause in the third act. Singing the waltz of the opera Di Noro by Jacomo Meyerbeer. She ended the performance in apotheosis with Eel Bacho by Luis G R D t. It was an enormous success and the acclaim was almost unanimous. The fame and power of Adelina Patti aroused contradictory feelings among the...

Lisbon crowd. They were so divided by the artists condemnation about her supposed eagerness for money, as for the admiration of its elegance and beauty, the ostentation was evident and examples were not lacking. For example, she impressed viewers when she performed Verdes La Traviata in covent garden, with diamonds set into the bodice of her dress, creating a dazzling effect. Valued at around two hundred thousand pounds. Two Bow Street police officers were hired to join the opera choir and oversee the dress. Peter Clark, director of the Boston Metropolitan Opera Archive, quoting Robert Tuddle, implies that Adelina Patti would be the highest paid singer of her time. Longtime met archivist Robert Tuggle noted in his book the Golden Age of opera, that she was probably the highest paid singer in art history,...

...earning five thousand US dollars a night, approximately one hundred and forty three thousand US dollars in two thousand and twenty, which she insisted on receiving gold in her dressing room before singing. During her visit to Lisbon, there were many comments and considerations regarding the price of tickets and subscriptions, given the poor financial capacity of even the wealthiest Lisbon has. A chronicler with the nickname of beldemonio wrote, because of the coming of Adelina Patti to Lisbon, the money of the signature will not be distributed in installments a little superior to those of the grand opera or covent garden, paid by a public that groans painfully at each deadline of their contributions and that to put on Suede gloves sadly lunch coffee with milk from the pot. However, there was an open debate in the press. If for some her performance was unquestionable, for others the artist's age was...

...already felt in the voice. GIOVASIO lebatoo wrote. Pessimistic versions were running around that assure a patty in decay. Her first performance in Lisbon was a brilliant denial of these false rumors, a triumphant affirmation of the complete plenitude in which his privileged talents as an artist still reside. Unconvinced but surrendered, Casimiro Dantess wrote. If you tell me that Patty was a brilliant and amazing singer, I honestly believe it, because, finally, great reputations are not only made under the empire of critics and in the way of the remarkable artist. In her method of singing, in her phrasing, in her style, in the Tambra of her voice, there are also the reflexes of a star of the first magnitude. In any case, the success was undeniable. At the time of departure, many admirers of the famous singer went to the train station to...

...say goodbye. She would spend two days in Paris, where she needed the services of her dentist to enamel her teeth, and from there went to her Castle in Wales. You can find more stories like this on the website Mistilson docom, or listen to them on the podcast at mistilsoon dotcom. PODCAST.

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