|OPERA SINGER (ITALY)|
BORN c1790, Roma, Lazio - DIED 6 Sep 1870, Roma, Lazio|
REAL NAME Chiesa, Catarina
GRAVE LOCATION Roma, Lazio: Cimitero Monumentale del Verano, Piazzale del Verano, 1 (Quadriportico, Loggia)
The soprano Caterina Chiesi was educated by Francesco Barilli, whom she married. They had four children, Clotilde (d.1856), Ettore 1829-1885), Antonio (1820-1876) and Nicolo (d.1878) and all became successful singers. As Caterina Barili she was primadonna at several opera houses in Italy.
After Barili's death she married the singer Salvatore Patti (1800-1869) in 1830. Their three daughters Amelia (1831-1915), Carlotta (1835-1889) and Adelina (1843-1919) became became very famous singers. Their son Carlo (1842-1873) was a well known violin player and conductor.
On 19 November 1836 she sang at the first performance of Donizetti's "L'Assedio di Calais" at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples. She also appeared there as Elvira in Bellino's "I puritani".
In the early 1840s she worked for the opera in Madrid. In 1844 she went to the USA with her husband. There Salvatore managed the Palmo's Opera House and the Astor Place Opera House. Late in the 1840s she lost her voice and a critic of the New York Herald stated in 1848 after an appearance at Castle Garden in Manhattan that 'her voice was a ruin'.
She spent her later years in Paris and in her native Italy. She died in Rome in 1870.
Daughter: Patti, Adelina, Baroness Cederström
Daughter: Patti, Carlotta
Daughter: Patti, Amelia