Ricci, Lella

BORN 1 Dec 1850, Trieste, Friuli-Venezia Giulia - DIED 7 Oct 1871, Praha
BIRTH NAME Ricci, Adelaide
CAUSE OF DEATH internal bleeding after abortion
GRAVE LOCATION Praha: Olsany Cemetery, 2807 Vinohradská (Cemetery 2, Section 2, Grave 50)

Lella Ricci was the daughter of the composer Luigi Ricci and the opera singer Ludmilla Stolz. Her father loved both Ludmilla and her twin sister Francesca and the composer Luigi Ricci-Stolz was her half brother by her father and her aunt.

She was educated as a singer and in 1868/1869 she sang in Paris. Emilio Usiglio composed the opera "La scommessa" and it was successfully performed in Florence at the Theatre Principe Umberto.

Bedrich Smetana invited her to Prague to sing in the opera "Crispino e la comare" that was composed by her father. In Prague she became pregnant, possibly by Smetana. To protect her career she chose an abortion, but she died of internal bleeding. She was buried in the grave of her father at the Olsany cemetery.

• Father: Ricci, Luigi

Related persons
• has a connection with Smetana, Bedrich

6/7/1870Premiere of "La scommessa" by Emilio Usiglio at the Teatro Principe Umberto in Florence. He had written it for the young opera singer Lella Ricci and it was succesfully performed at the Theatre Principe Umberto. The libretto was written by by Benedetto Rado. 


The grave of Luigi Ricci and Lella Ricci at the Olsany Cemetery, Prague.
Picture by Androom (12 Aug 2019)


Lella Ricci - Wikipedia

Ricci, Luigi

Published: 01 Sep 2019
Last update: 22 Dec 2019