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1857-1864 - Welbeck Street (Marylebone)

Tags: Music, Italy, place: Fano

Operatic tenor Antonio Giuglini was born on 16/7 January 1825 in Fano in the Marche region. Having studied with Francesco Cellini, he made a quick career in Italy and his first season at La Scala in early 1855 was a sensation. Impressario Benjamin Lumley brought him to London where he appeared at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Haymarket, in 1857/8. He became stage partner of the dramatic soprano Thérèse Tietjens. With the collapse of Lumley’s management, he joined James Henry Mapleson’s company. At Drury Lane in July 1859 Giuglini and Tietjens appeared in the first London production of Verdi’s Les vêpres siciliennes. In 1862 Mapleson obtained the lease of Her Majesty’s Theatre and secured the continued services of its star singers. In 1864, Tietjens and Giuglini performed Lucrezia Borgia at Her Majesty’s in the presence of Garibaldi. Living at Welbeck Street, he had by that time developed the first signs of mental instability. His condition deteriorated quickly. Having returned to Italy, he died in an asylum at Pesaro in October 1865.

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