CONTESSA TURCA (1550-1601)

Daughter of a Mantuan tutor, Laura Peverara was famous across the Veneto for her singing and harp-playing.  Laura joined the musical establishment at Ferrara in the spring of 1580, and her arrival heralded a new phase in the Duke's private entertainment.  Laura's musical abilities were the subject of many poems and musical works.


Texts and settings relating to Laura Peverara


Links to other singers:

leonora sanvitale

livia d'arco

anna guarini

tarquinia molza

lucrezia bendidio

 Links to other biographies:

composers and musicians

poets, courtiers and rulers



Written by Laurie Stras.

Last updated 04 October, 2002.

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