Faustina Bordoni Hanging Decoration
This felt hanging decoration was inspired by the portrait of famed mezzo-soprano Faustina Bordoni (1697-1781), which you can still view at Handel House today. The portrait was painted by Bartolomeo Nazari c. 1738 and currently hangs above the organ in Handel's Music Room. Nicknamed the “new siren”, Faustina was a hit with the London opera audiences and worked with Handel regularly. Her rivalry with soprano, Francesca Cuzzoni, was well-publicized in Britain. In fact, their most famous brawl was reported by journalists in June 1727, when a riot broke out between their fans in the audience during a performance of Astianatte. Nevertheless, recent research suggests it was the audience that behaved badly, not the sopranos themselves.
Please note, this product is 15 cm in height and is made of felt.