Novello, Clara Anastasia

1818-

 

A distinguished oratorio singer; fourth daughter of Vincent Novello, the composer, and born in London in 1818. In 1843 she became the wife of Count Giglincci; in 1860 she retired from the stage. Her first instruction was received in York, where she learned singing and piano-play- ing; in 1829 she was a pupil at the Conservatory in Paris. When fifteen years old she appeared at Windsor and was immediately engaged for the Ancient and Philharmonic concerts and Worcester Festival. Mendelssohn was attracted by her singing, and upon his invitation she went to Leipsic and sang at the Gewandhaus concerts, then in Berlin, Vienna, St. Petersburg and Düsseldorf. She studied for the stage in 1859 at Milan and appeared in opera at Padua in 1841 in Rossini's Semiramide, and afterwards at Rome, Milan, Bologna and Modena, and in 1843 at Drury Lane, London, in opera.   Her last public appearances were in a performance of the Messiah at Crystal Palace and a benefit concert at St. James* Hall. She then went to Italy to live. She is considered the greatest oratorio singer England has ever produced.