Luigi Agnesi

Luigi Agnesi

Belgian opera singer
Date of Birth: 17.07.1833
Country: Belgium

  1. Biography of Luigi Anesi
  2. Opera Career
  3. Success in London

Biography of Luigi Anesi

Luigi Anesi was a Belgian opera singer (bass-baritone), conductor, and composer. He graduated from the Brussels Conservatory in 1853, where he studied harmony under Charles Bosle and composition under François-Joseph Fétis. As a laureate of the Belgian Roman Prize, he spent two years in Italy. Anesi also directed various choirs in Brussels.

Opera Career

In 1858, Anesi's only opera, "Hermold le Normand" (Viking Hermold), was staged at the Théâtre La Monnaie in Brussels, but it was not successful. After this, Anesi abandoned composition and focused on his singing career. In 1861, he enrolled in the class of Gilbert Duprez at the Paris Conservatory.

In early 1864, having Italianized his name, Anesi made his debut on the stage of the Paris Italian Opera, where he performed alongside the Marquise sisters. Anesi is particularly associated with Gioachino Rossini's Petite messe solennelle, in which he had the opportunity to participate in two premieres: the initial chamber version on May 14, 1864, and the orchestrated version on February 28, 1869.

Success in London

Anesi became especially popular on the London stage, where he made his debut in 1865 and initially performed at Covent Garden. From 1871 to 1874, he was a regular performer at the Drury Lane Theatre, in addition to numerous appearances on provincial stages and various festivals.

Anesi's most notable roles included Henry VIII in "Anna Bolena" and Alfonso in "Lucrezia Borgia" by Gaetano Donizetti, as well as Assur in Rossini's "Semiramide." He debuted in Paris with the role of Assur and shone in London alongside Teresa Tietjens. Among his other prominent partners in London was Ilma di Murska.

In addition to his operatic repertoire, Anesi was also praised for his performances of William Crotch's oratorio "Palestine" during his time.