Gemma Bellincioni

Festinese, Valeria

An opera singer turned film actress, screenwriter, director, and producer, Gemma Bellincioni wasborn in the Italian city of Monza on August 18, 1864. Both of her parents were opera singers, andBellincioni made her own theatrical debut at age six (Baccioni 4). Her first leading role was inCarlo Pedrotti’s opera “Tutti in maschera,” which opened in Naples in November 1880. Criticswere immediately impressed by her stage presence. Following this performance, Bellincioni begantouring around Italy and the world, appearing in many different operas.


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Women Film Pioneers Project
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October 5, 2020