Bagnolesi, Anna Maria Antonia
- Winton Dean
(fl 1726–43). Italian contralto. She was a Florentine in the employment of the Grand Duchess of Tuscany, and married to the tenor G.B. Pinacci (1732). She sang in Florence (1725–6), Bologna (1726–8), Livorno (1727), Naples (1727, in operas by Vinci and Hasse) and Milan (1728, 1730). She may have been the Anna Bolognesi who appeared in Venice in 1729, and she sang in Turin in 1731 (Porpora’s Poro). Engaged by Handel for the London season of 1731–2, she made her début at the King’s Theatre as Alcestis in a revival of Admeto on 7 December. She sang in the original productions of Ezio and Sosarme, in revivals of Giulio Cesare, Flavio, the bilingual Acis and Galatea and Ariosti’s Coriolano, and in the pasticcio Lucio Papirio dittatore. The two parts Handel composed for her, Valentinian in Ezio...