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SALVINI, Tommaso, Italian tragedian, born in Milan, Italy, 1 January, 1830. His father and mother were actors of ability. He performed children's parts at the age of thirteen, later joined the troupe of Adelaide Ristori, and shared her triumphs. After fighting in the Italian war for independence in 1849, he returned to the stage, and, by his impersonation of the title-r51es of Giuseppe Nicolini's "Edipo" and Vittorio Alfieri's "Saul," achieved an European reputation. He was also successful as Orosmane in Voltaire's "Zaire," first essayed Othello in 1857, created the part of Conrad in " La morte eivile," and added to his repertoire Romeo, Hamlet, Ingomar, Paolo in Silvio Pellico's "Francesca di Rimini." which he played at the Dante celebration in 1865, and the Gladiator in Alexandre Soumet's tragedy of that name, Sullivan in "David Garrick," Torquato Tasso, Samson, Essex in "Elizabeth," Maxime Odiot in the "Romance of a Poor Young Man," and other characters. In 1871 he visited South America, and in 1873-'4 he made a tour in the United States, giving 128 performances, besides 28 in Havana. In New York city Edwin Booth played the ghost to his Hamlet. In 1881 he again visited the United States.
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