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Robert Lamar Weaver

( fl Florence, 1661–96). Italian bass and singing teacher . His first role was Charon in Jacopo Melani’s Ercole in Tebe, the wedding opera performed at the Teatro della Pergola, Florence, for Marguerite d’Orléans and Cosimo de’ Medici (1661). He is listed among the musici ordinari of the grand–ducal court in the second half of the 17th century. He sang in the operas mounted by the Grand Prince Ferdinando de’Medici at Pratolino, taking the role of Coridone Bifolco in B. Cerri’s Con la forza d’amore (1679) and Graticcio in Alessandro Melani’s Il finto chimico (1686). He also sang in Ferdinando’s wedding opera, Pagliardi’s Il greco in Troia (1689). As a bass, he specialized in comic roles. His fame as a teacher prompted Johann Wilhelm of Bavaria to send his chamber singer, Andrea Fischer, to Florence to study in the ‘Scuola del rinomato Fusai’, and it may be presumed that his school contributed to the training of the flourishing school of singers patronized by Ferdinando de’ Medici....