Bosio, Angiolina


An Italian singer, whose short career was most brilliant. She was immensely popular in St. Petersburg. While singing there she came to her death, falling a victim to the uncongenial climate, and dying very suddenly, at the height of her career. She was born at Turin, a member of a family of musicians and actors, and became famous as a mezzosoprano and operatic actress. She studied at Milan, and in that city made her first appearance, at the age of sixteen. She met with pronounced success at Verona, appeared at Copenhagen and was urged to remain. In Madrid she was most enthusiastically received but not in Paris. She visited America, singing in New York, Philadelphia, and Boston, where she was very well liked. In 1851, soon after her return to Europe, she married a Greek gentleman named Xindavelonis. She made her London debut in 1852, became a great favorite there, and in Moscow and St. Petersburg was extraordinarily successful. She sang, among other operas, in Rigpletto, Jessonda, II Barbiere, Ernani, La Traviata, Fra Diavolo, and made a great hit in I Puritano, as Elvira, ranking next to Grisi. Her untimely death was mourned by a very large public.