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Giuseppina Pasqua

Giuseppina Pasqua (19 March 1855 24 February 1930) was an Italian opera singer who performed throughout Italy and Europe from the late 1860s through the early 1900s. She began her career as a soprano when she was only 13, but later retrained her voice as a mezzo-soprano. She sang in several world premieres, but is most remembered today for having created the role of Mistress Quickly in Giuseppe Verdi's Falstaff. The composer wrote the role specifically for her and dedicated the Act II aria "Giunta all' albergo" to Pasqua. She was married to the baritone Astorre Giacomelli.Her name is listed in some sources as Giuseppina Pasqua-Giacomelli

Giuseppina Pasqua was born in Perugia to a prosperous family. She studied at the music conservatory in Perugia under Ulisse Corticelli and made her professional opera debut at the city's Teatro Morlacchi in 1868 singing the coloratura soprano role of Oscar in Verdi's Un ballo in maschera. After further study with Marietta Piccolomini, she made her house debut at the Teatro Bellini in Palermo as Marguerite de Valois in Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots. She was still singing soprano roles when she made her La Scala debut on 1 September 1872 as Annchen in Weber's Der Freischutz.

Pasqua is known to have sung in the following premieres:

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