Nicolini, Ernest Nicholas

1834-1898

 

Nicolini was the stage name of Ernest Nicholas; a dramatic tenor born at Tours, France, in 1834. He was a student at the Paris Conservatory, where he won a prize for his performance in Comic Opera in 1856. He sang at the Opera Comique in Paris for four years, and then went to Italy, where he adopted the name of Nicolini, and sang in all the principal Italian cities with some success. From 1862 to 1870 he was again in Paris and during that time visited London, singing at St. James* Hall and in 1871 in opera at Drury Lane, and the next year at Covent Garden. He was married in 1886 to Adelina Patti, with whom he had toured, and it is perhaps as her husband that he is best remembered, though for some time he was considered the best French tenor on the stage. His popularity did not last owing to his peculiar use of tremolo which spoiled an  otherwise pleasing and powerful voice. He died at Pau.