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His Life And Background In Cincinnati 1846 - 1850 by Raymond Walters

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82              Youth's Golden Gleam
concert at the Melodeon on July 10, "the Overture of William Tell was executed on eight pianofortes by sixteen pianists ... of whom six are ladies of this city."15
Professional concerts which we definitely know Stephen attended were those given at the Melodeon in April 1849, by "Madame Biscaccianti, Prima Donna Assoluta, from the principal theaters in Italy; Astor Place Opera House, New York; Philadelphia, etc." with Signor Biscaccianti performing "solos on the violcello."16 Stephen wrote Morrison that "her concerts were very well attended; indeed, such was her encouragement . . . that she expressed an intention to return after she should have made a visit to Louisville."1 Stephen told of meeting "Signor Biscaccianti and his accomplished lady" and of being as much delighted by Madame Biscaccianti's "conversation and agreeable manner as I was subsequently by her singing at her concerts."1 The local newspaper reviewers16 shared Ste­phen's enthusiasm:
Madame Biscaccianti has won a place by her cavatinos, romanzas and rondos, in the hearts of our lovers of pure, beautiful and impassioned vocalizations. . . . Her voice is of a most liquid and beautiful quality, with great power, and an uncommon compass.







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