Portrait of Faustina Bordini by Bartolomeo Nazari

George Frederic Handel recruited the Venetian mezzo-soprano Faustina (as she was known) to sing in the 1726-1728 opera seasons.


Oil on canvas
134 x 106 cm
Art Fund grant:
£8,000 ( Total: £42,500)
Acquired in:
Chaucer Fine Arts

She made her London debut as Roxana in Handel's 'Alessandro'. While in London, Faustina was drawn into rivalries with other Italian singers in Handel's employ, even exchanging blows on stage with the soprano Francesca Cuzzoni.


Probably commissioned by Field Marshal Count Johann Mathias von der Schulenberg (Berlin inventory c.1750, no. 246); by descent; Sotheby's 23/6/82, no.69; Chaucer Fine Arts Ltd.

Venue details

Handel & Hendrix in London 25 Brook Street, LONDON London W1K 4HB 020 7495 1685 handelhendrix.org

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