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DEATH OF MADAME PERSIANI.I

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DEATH OF MADAME PERSIANI. I It is with sincere regret that we announce the sudden I death by apoplexy, at the. age of forty-nine, of that dis- tinguished- artiste; Madame Persiani. We use the teira in its; fullest sense, for though her grace and elegance, taste and execution, rendered her a popular fayourite, Madame Persiani's perfect musical knowledge and extra- ordinary genius were only appreciated by connoisseurs. Madame Persiani was one of an ancient Florentine family, that of'Tacchi-Nardi,,and-it was on her-fathers, second marriage, in 18-32, whefi about seventeen, that she' appeared in public, making her debut at Livorno, where her refined style and commanding talent were at once recognised. "During twelve years," says a French contemporary, "she was the charm and the grace of the Italian stage, while LaJ Grisi was its passion," and whithersoever she went—in Madrid, in, in Italy, recognised. "During twelve years," says a French contemporary, she was the charm and the grace of the Italian stage,1 while LaJ Grisi was its passion," and whithersoever she went—in Madrid, in,; Paris, in Italy, in London—but more especially, perhaps, in St. Petersburg—she fascinated her audiences by her melo- Petersburg—she fascinated her audiences by her melo- dious warbling, captivating the hearts of monarchs, and commanding the admiration of the musical world. Her career was a brilliant one, and her private character untarnished even by the breath of slander. She had realised a considerable fortune, when the unfortunate failure of, Mi -Persiani's efforts to give the public a second Opera House in Covent-garden Theatre occasioned a serious reverse. Madame Persiani withdrew into private life still wearing the laurels she had honourably won, and lived on the remnant of her property, to which she added the income arising from lessons she gave in Paris, and which were eagerly sought after. Notwith- standing her misfortunes, Madame Persiani led a peaceful, happy, and contented life in the midst of her family, giving up to works of charity and benevolence (in con- nection with the Catholic church, of which she was a faithful member) all the time she could spare from her duties to her own attached domestic circle.— Westminster Gazette.

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