Mozart with la Cavalieri
Engraving, by Friedrich Randel, after August Borckmann, 1840–66
Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris

Caterina Cavalieri, an Austrian soprano born in Vienna in 1755, had a successful career during the late 18th century, notably renowned for her performances in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's operas. Mozart composed specific roles for her, such as Konstanze in 'The Abduction from the Seraglio', where her exceptional vocal abilities shone. She also appeared in other Mozart operas, such as 'The Marriage of Figaro' and 'The Clemency of Titus'. Despite her professional success, Cavalieri faced personal challenges, including financial difficulties and the loss of her husband, leading to her eventual retirement from the stage.


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