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Campana, Francescalocked

  • John Whenham

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(b Rome; d probably in Rome, July 1665). Italian composer, singer and instrumentalist. In a letter of 3 December 1633 Fulvio Testi commended her to Duke Francesco I of Modena as a master of her art – she composed and played the spinet – and one of the two finest female singers in Rome (‘though the most sensitive detect a little hoarseness in her voice’). She was probably the Francesca, daughter of Andrea Campana of Rome, who became the wife of the composer Giovan Carlo Rossi (possibly after ...

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