Strepponi, Guiseppina

BORN 8 Sep 1815, Lodi, Lombardia - DIED 14 Nov 1897, Santa Agata di Busseto, Emilia-Romagna
REAL NAME Strepponi, Clelia Maria Josepha
GRAVE LOCATION Milano, Lombardia: Casa di riposo dei Musicisti, Piazza Michelangelo Buonarroti 24

Giuseppina Strepponi came from a family of musicians. She studied at the Conservatory in Milan where she won first prize for bel canto in 1834. She debuted in 1834 as Adria in Luigi Ricci's "Chiara di Rosembergh" and in 1835 she sang at the Theater am Kärntnertor in Vienna.

At the Scala she sang in the premiere of Verdi's "Nabucco" in 1839. She had lived as a common wife with her agent Camillo Cirelli. They had three children. The oldest, Camillino (b.1838), was raised by her former maid. The two daughters were given away for adoption.

The stress of her unordered life and the decline of her voice led to her retirement from the stage in 1846. She became a singing teacher in Paris in October 1846 and there she met Verdi again in 1847. They started living together in 1848 and married in 1859. She supported him in his career and they stayed together until her death in 1897. She was buried in Milan. After Verdi's death in 1901 both were buried at the Casa di riposo dei Musicisti in Milan.

• Husband: Verdi, Giuseppe (1859-1897)

9/3/1842Premiere of Verdi's opera "Nabucco" [Verdi, Giuseppe]


The grave of Guiseppa Strepponi at the Casa di riposo dei Musicisti in Milan.
Picture by Androom (27 Jan 2007)


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Giuseppina Strepponi - Wikipedia

Strobel, Otto

Published: 3 Mar 2019
Last update: 3 Mar 2019