Sigr: Giuseppe De Begnisof the Italian Opera London.
Scarce stipple, sheet 260 x 200mm. 10¼ x 8". Sheet trimmed.
Portrait of Giuseppe De Begnis (1793 – 1849), bass opera singer. In 1816 he married the noted prima-donna and famous beauty, Signorina Giuseppina Ronzi. They sang throughout Italy with great success, and in 1819 made their first appearance at the Italian opera in Paris, remaining three seasons. In 1821 they came to London, Begnis debuting there as Don Geronio opposite his wife’s Fiorilla in Rossini’s 'Il Turco in Italia' at the King’s Theatre on May 19, 1821. They continued to appear in opera together until their separation in 1825. Begnis remained at the King’s Theatre until 1827, but also served as an opera manager in Bath (1823–24) and later in Dublin (1834–37) before settling in New York.
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