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1806-1818 - Haymarket (Westminster)

Bass Giuseppe Naldi was born on 2 February 1770 in Bologna. After making his debut in Milan in 1789, he appeared throughout Italy and spent three seasons in Lisbon. He first sang at the King’s Theatre, Haymarket, in April 1806. He continued to appear in London until 1818 (over thirty-five different operas), where he was the first to appear as Mozart’s Don Alfonso (Cosi fan tutte, 1811), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte, 1811), Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro, 1812), and Leporello (Don Giovanni, 1817), and as Rossini’s Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia, 1818). Naldi was killed in December 1820 in a freak accident in Paris at the apartment of Spanish singer and teacher Manuel Garcia when a steam cooker exploded and the lid struck him in the head. The contents of his house were auctioned on 14 to 17 February 1821 at Oxenham’s auction house - including 108 lots of music (Lugt 9957). The National Portrait Gallery holds a charcoal portrait of the singer created in 1803 by François Hüet-Villiers. His daughter Caroline Naldi was a singer who appeared in operas by Rossini and Bellini in Paris in the early 1820s.

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