Rubini Giovanni Batista

Famous Italian Tenor as famous at the time as later Enrico Caruso.
Born in Romano di Lombardy in the north of Italy in the family of a tailor and housewife. He was the last of nine children, of whom six survived. His father was a poorly educated, but very religious man, not alien to the art of music. Finding in the sons of the makings of musical talent, he began to teach them. Giovanni studied singing and violin playing and at the age of 8 surprised everyone with his musical talent.

In the years 1816-1817 Rubini had a brilliant success in Rome, in the opera Rossini "Gazza ladra". In 1825, he performed for the first time in Paris. The beauty of his voice, style, rare elegance in coloratura ensured his success. Critics of the time, speaking of his singing, called him "the king of tenors". In particular, Rubini was inimitable in Bellini's operas. His collaboration with Bellini began with the opera Bianca and Gernando in 1826 and continued in Puritans in 1835, when Rubini became one of the four performers for whose voices the opera was written. In 1843, together with Liszt, he made a concert tour of Holland and Germany; in 1844, he sang in Petersburg, along with Tamburini and Viardo Garcia. Engaged in composing was an honorary member of the Academy of Music in Bologna.

In 1845, returning from Russia, Rubini retired in the heyday of fame. Being the owner of an impressive state, he stopped singing activity, not waiting for the appearance of age-related changes of voice. He died in his hometown of Romano di Lombardy and was buried in the local cemetery.
The cliff to the west of the Hooker Island archipelago Franz Josef Land. Named in 1895 by F. Jackson.


Roubini rock

(photo by N. M. Stolbov)


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