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Luigi Lablache

Luigi Lablache (6 December 1794-23 January 1858) was an Italian bass of French and Irish heritage, born in Naples. He was most noted for his comic performances, with a powerful bass voice, a wide range, and adept acting: Leporello in Don Giovanni was one of his signature roles.

He studied initially at Naples, and had a professional career as a boy alto before he became a bass. He sang in 1809 in a Requiem commemorating Haydn's death. On 15 August 1821 he made his debut at La Scala as Dandini in La Cenerentola In 1827 he sang in Mozart's Requiem at Beethoven's funeral. He was the soloist, singing a Lachrymosa, at Bellini's funeral in 1835. He appeared in the title role of the premiere of Don Pasquale in 1843. He taught voice to Princess, later Queen, Victoria of the United Kingdom.