Ernesto Nicolini

Ernesto Nicolini

Real name Jean Roméo Nicolas

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Debut on 10 July 1857 at the Opéra-Comique in Paris (Role not listed)
Marino Faliero-Firenze, Pagliano
La Traviata
I Lombardi
La Sonnambula
Luisa Miller
Lucia di Lammermoor
Corrado, consule fi Milano
Giovanna Shore (Composer Bonetti)-Cadiz, 1864-5
Roberto il Diavolo-Madrid, 1864-5
Gli Ugonotti
Il Barbiere di Siviglia

from Il Trovatore, 20 January 1870 and his necrology, dated 22 January 1898 in Il Trovatore

L'eminente tenore Nicolini a Lisbona

... The audience applauded warmly Nicolini in phrases of the first act (of Faust) and called him in front of the curtain with the basso Petit. During the third act, the romance aroused great enthusiasm. His manner of modulating his voice, of emphasizing the value of a phrase, coloring his singing, and of binding his sound so that the melody is completely outlined, produced on the audience a marvelous effect, which manifested itself by deafening and unanimous applause that greeted the distinguished tenor. After the magnificent piece "notte d'amor", he received many bravos and also at the end of the trio of act IV.Il Trovatore, 24 November 1870

Ernesto Nicolini

The announcement of his death did not arrive unexpectedly, since the notice, that we received recently, foresee the event. He died at 64 years. Ernesto Nicolini began his career in Italy during the carnival season of 1860, at la Scala (with the name Nicolas) when there were a dozen of tenors di cartello. Nevertheless, despite his pronunciation and his French method of singing, he was received favorably by the public, thanks to a pleasant voice, his tone and the passion with which he sang. He appeared first in la Traviata, and then in Lombardi and a new opera by Giorza "Corrado, Console di Milano", that turned out to be a fiasco. It was that success that brought Nicolas back to la Scala, four more times; that is during the autumn of the same year, singing la Sonnambula; then during Spring 1862, singing in Lucia; and finally, with Patti, during the autumn of 1877 and the carnival season of 1878, singing in Traviata, Faust, Barbiere, Sonnambula and Aida. What a precious artist, what a tenor phenomenon, with his voice of dramatic tenor, capable of singing both Sonnambula and Barbiere.

In Aida, none of the many celebrated tenors of that time have proved successful to surpass, but not even equal his singing of the phrase "Io son disonorato" that he declaimed with such torment as to make the listeners tremble. The favorable reception at la Scala in 1860 in Traviata, opened the doors of the major opera houses that brought him large salaries. He sang in all the major foreign theaters in Madrid, Barcelona, Lisbon, St. Petersburg, London, where he became enamored with Patti, and vice versa. This falling in love brought a legal separation from the marquis of Caux, then the divorce between Patti and the marquis of Caux. When Caux died, Nicolini married Patti. Il Trovatore, 22 January 1898

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