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Napoleon’s Castrato: Girolamo Crescentini

January 4th, 2013 in Concert Archive

We are marking the 250th year of the birth of the Chevalier Girolamo Crescentini. In 1806, Napoleon heard him sing in Vienna and brought him back to Paris to become the first court singer (premier chanteur de l’empereur). Crescentini was singing his most famous role, Romeo in Niccola Zingarelli’s Giullietta e Romeo in 1809 when he moved the entire court to tears, including the emperor. Napoleon descended to the stage and, unpinning it from his own coat, awarded Crescentini the order of the Iron Cross of Lombardy, elevating him to a knighthood and the nobility. Crescentini was a famous singer, teacher and composer. This concert will feature his songs for fortepiano and for classical guitar, a solo cantata similar in quality to middle period Beethoven, though with an Italianate cast, and selections from Zingarelli’s Giullietta e Romeo, with mezzo-soprano Mary Gerbi singing the role of Giulietta, from a circa 1820 collection of arias and duets arranged for fortepiano.

Robert Crowe, soprano (Romeo)
Mary Gerbi, mezzo soprano (Giulietta)
Professor Peter Sykes, fortepiano
Professor Victor Coelho, guitar

Please join us on January 30 at 8pm in the Marshall Room for “Napoleon’s Castrato: Girolamo Crescentini (1762-1846).” This event is free and open to the public.

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