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Massimo Zicari

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Page Range

pp. 49-72

Print Length

23 pages

3. Donizetti’s Operas

This chapter focuses on Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammeroor and Linda di Chomounix and addresses the question of the so-called mad scene and the controversial origin of the famous flute cadenza. Tetrazzini was well-aware of the work done by Mathilde Marchesi for Nellie Melba and her flute cadenzas bear a resemblance to those of her senior colleagues. Donizetti was Tetrazzini’s favourite composer and she envisaged that one day another Donizetti would be born.


Massimo Zicari

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