(maiden name, Negri). Born Oct. 28, 1797 (according to some sources, Apr. 9, 1798), in Saronno, near Milan; died Apr. 1, 1865 (or 1867), in Blevio, near Como. Italian soprano.
Pasta studied at the Milan Conservatory. She toured in many European countries and, in 1840–41, in Russia. She was famed for her roles in the operas of G. Rossini, V. Bellini, and G. Donizetti. The title role in Norma and the role of Amina in La Sonnambula, both by Bellini, were written for Pasta, as was the title role in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena.
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Giuditta Pasta e i suoi tempi: memorie e lettere raccolte a cura di M. F. Giulini. Milan, 1935.