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TERESA BRAMBILLA-PONCHIELLI, Contralto * 15 April 1845, Cassano d’Adda, Italy + 1 July 1921, Vercelli, Italy;

26 Jan

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Italian contralto, niece of MARIETTA BRAMBILLA. She studied with her aunts Marietta and Teresa. She made her debut in 1863 as Adalgisa at Odessa, afterwards singing in Lisbon, Madrid, Paris, St. Petersburg and Italy. In 1872 ahe sang in the revised verdion of Amilcare Ponchielli’s I Promessi Sposi  at the Teatro dal Verne, Milan, and two years later married the composer. She was a famous interpreter of the title role of La Giaconda, and sang Paolina in a revival of Gaetano Donizetti’s Poliuto at the teatro Costanzi, Rome (1883). Other roles that she sang included Leonora (Il travatore and La Forza Del Destino), Aida and Elsa (Lohengrin). She retired in 1889.

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Portrait of the Contralto Teresina Brambilla in the role of Lucia Mondella

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