Davide, Giacomo

1750-1830

He is better known as " David le pere," and was the most popular tenor of his day. He was born at Presezze, Italy, and studied long and carefully, one of his instructors in music being Sala, who taught him composition. Davide was called "The Paganini, the Moscheles of singing," by Carpani, who explained the phrase by saying: "Like these two despots, he manages as he wishes, a voice, which is not perfect but of great extent." He appeared first in London, in 1791, and was popular there as well as in continental cities. He appeared with Mme. Colbran in Otello and other of Rossini's operas with much success. He made one of his greatest sensations in Pergolesi's Stabat and sang frequently at La Scala, Milan. One of his last public appearances was at one of the Handel festivals at Westminster Abbey. He died at Bergamo, Italy. Davide taught his son, Giovanni, who became a noted singer, and Nozzari was also one of his pupils.