Bordoni, Faustina (c. 1700–1781)
Bordoni, Faustina (c. 1700–1781)
Italian mezzo-soprano. Name variations: Faustina Hasse. Born around 1700 in Venice, Italy; died on November 4, 1781, in Venice; married Johann Adolf Hasse (a composer), in 1730; studied with Michelangelo Gasparini.
Debuted in Venice (1716), Naples (1721), Rome (1722); Munich (1723); debuted in London as Rossane in Handel's Alessandro (1726); appeared on stages throughout Europe until 1751; appeared in concerts in Dresden until 1763.
Daughter of a Venetian patrician family, Faustina Bordoni trained under Michelangelo Gasparini and Alessandro and Benedetto Marcello. Age 16 when she appeared in Pollarolo's Ariodante, she performed in some 30 operas in Venice as her ability to memorize roles quickly made it possible for her to accept many engagements. Though travel at the time was difficult and time consuming, she maintained a schedule much like modern divas who have the advantage of air travel.
In 1726, Handel brought Bordoni to London where she was a huge success in his opera Allessandro. She created many roles for Handel, including Alcestis in Admeto, Pulcheria in Riccardo Primo, Emira in Siroe, and Elisa in Tolomeo. Bordoni was known for her intelligence and civility, but the latter was missing during one slug fest with her chief rival, soprano Francesca Cuzzoni . During a performance of Bononcini's Astianatte at London's Royal Academy of Music (managed by Handel) in 1727, the two singers came to blows. Fueled by an eager press and rowdy audiences of side-taking partisans, the rivalry between the prima donnas delighted opera lovers and sold plenty of tickets but it also effectively destroyed company cohesiveness. This, along with Bordoni's illness, closed the Royal Academy in 1728, and Bordoni returned to Italy.
Two years later, at age 30, she married Johann Adolph Hasse and moved to Dresden. The couple lived and performed there until 1763 when they moved to Vienna and Venice. A superstar in her era, Bordoni was much beloved throughout Europe. Her portrait by Rosalba Carriera hangs in the Ca'Rezzonico, Venice. Bordoni was also the subject of an opera by Louis Schubert, Faustina Hasse (1879).
John Haag , Athens, Georgia
"Bordoni, Faustina (c. 1700–1781)." Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia. . Encyclopedia.com. (September 15, 2019). https://www.encyclopedia.com/women/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/bordoni-faustina-c-1700-1781
"Bordoni, Faustina (c. 1700–1781)." Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia. . Retrieved September 15, 2019 from Encyclopedia.com: https://www.encyclopedia.com/women/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/bordoni-faustina-c-1700-1781
Encyclopedia.com gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).
Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.
Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.com cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use Encyclopedia.com citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:
Modern Language Association
The Chicago Manual of Style
American Psychological Association
- Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most Encyclopedia.com content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
- In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.