The ABC’s of Phantom of the Opera
Zuhair Murad Haute Couture Spring 2014
Adelina Patti (19/02/1843 - 27/09/1919), probably combined with her elder sister Carlotta (1840? - 27/06/1889), seems to be used for basis of Carlotta character in Leroux’s Phantom of the Opera novel. Adelina met a huge success as an opera singer in late 19th century. She was born in Madrid, Spain to Italian musical family: her father was tenor and her mother was soprano, her brother was a violinist, and two sisters were singers too.
Patti had got three husbands, the last one was baron, but no children. So she was close to her siblings’ children. Patti LuPone, Broadway singer, is her grand-grand niece.
Patti’s voice was pure, and flexible soprano, with vocal range from low C to high F. She starred in Faust, Rigoletto, Romeo and Juliette, The Barber of Seville, etc.
Some recordings of her voice exist, so you can enjoy them on youtube, for ex.