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date: 15 October 2019

Andreoni, Giovanni Battistalocked

  • Winton Dean

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(b Lucca; d Lucca, April 23, 1797). Italian mezzo-soprano castrato. In 1736 he was appointed first soprano to the Palatine Chapel in Lucca. He sang in two operas (including Hasse's Demetrio) at Rimini in 1737, at Venice in 1738–9 in operas by Pergolesi, Lampugnani, Hasse and Porpora, and in Reggio nell'Emilia in 1739. Lord Middlesex engaged him for his experimental opera season at London's New Theatre in the Haymarket (1739–40); he appeared in three operas. He returned the two following years, singing in Handel's final, unsuccessful opera season at Lincoln's Inn Fields (1740–41), and in Lord Middlesex's King's Theatre company as second man to Monticelli, mostly in pasticcios (1741–42). Under Handel he created the parts of Tirinthus in Imeneo and Ulysses in Deidamia and sang in revivals of L'Allegro, Acis and Galatea, Saul and probably Parnasso in festa. His roles in the English works were translated into Italian. Burney called him ‘a good singer of the second class’; his Handel parts indicate a capable technique and a voice and compass (...

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