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Nancy Storace

  • Original Name Anna Selina
  • Birth 27 Oct 1766 London, City of London, Greater London, England
  • Death 24 Aug 1817 London, City of London, Greater London, England
  • Burial Lambeth, London Borough of Lambeth, Greater London, England
  • Plot unmarked, memorial inside church
  • Memorial ID 17244290

Opera Singer. A soprano, she is remembered as the creator of Susanna at the 1786 Vienna world premiere of Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro". Born Anna Selina Storace to an Italian immigrant musical family, she evidenced her talent at an early age, began training with castrato Venanzio Rauzzini around 1773, and by age eight was singing for appreciative audiences throughout England. Nancy traveled to Venice for further schooling and made her Italian operatic bow at Florence in 1780 to such acclaim that the noted castrato Luigi Marchesi became jealous and tried to have her fired. She made her 1783 Vienna debut in Antonio Salieri's "The School for Jealousy" and on May 1, 1786, created the role of Susanna in Mozart's classic comedy "The Marriage of Figaro"; that same year she also premiered Vincinte Martin y Soler's now forgotten "Il burbero di buon cuore". In 1784 Nancy married the somewhat older violinist John Fisher, the union soon breaking down due to the beatings Nancy endured; her name was also linked with a number of other men including Mozart himself and basso buffo Francesco Benuci, the first Figaro. Returning to London, she made her 1787 debut at King's Theatre in Giovanni Paisiello's "The Slave of Love" and went on to further success there singing the works of her brother Stephen among others. In 1791 she participated in Westminster Abbey's Handel Commemoration performing "I know that my Redeemer liveth" from "Messiah"; she also sang the choral works of Joseph Haydn, and scholars think he wrote a cantata for her though they are unsure which one. Around 1794 she began a 20 year romance with the younger tenor John Braham whom she bore one son. Nancy continued her London career, her final appearance coming in an 1808 performance of her brother's "No Song, No Supper"; she and Braham never married, and some feel that their unpleasant break-up in 1815 contributed to her death. Her rather large estate went to her son.

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  • Originally Created by: Mark McManus
  • Added: 1 Jan 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 17244290
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Nancy Storace (27 Oct 1766–24 Aug 1817), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17244290, citing St Mary Churchyard, Lambeth, London Borough of Lambeth, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .