Giuseppe Verdi on Adelina Patti, one of the great coloratura singers of the 19th century:
When I heard her for the first time (she was eighteen) in London, I was astounded not only by the marvellous performance but also by a number of stage traits that revealed her great acting talents.
Such was the fame and bravura of Dame Adelina Patti that in the 19th Century she was paid $5000 in gold for a performance. This astounding amount, meant that she was paid more in an evening than the US President was paid in a year.
This portrait of coloratura superstar Adelina Patti (1843 – 1919) can be seen in the museum of Milan's Teatro alla Scala: +39 02 88 79 2473 / 7473
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano') about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman's Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia' column for Dancing Times magazine.