- Winton Dean
(fl 1714–35). Italian alto castrato. He came from Cortona and may have sung in three operas at Palermo in 1714–16. He appeared in 13 operas in Venice (1722–4, 1729 and 1733–5), including works by Gasparini, Orlandini, Giacomelli, Hasse and Leo, in Genoa (1723 and 1730), Milan (1723 and 1725), Florence and Turin (1730–31) and Rome (1731). He was engaged for three seasons (1725–8) by the Royal Academy in London, making his début in a revival of the Vinci-Orlandini Elpidia. He sang in ten operas by Handel (four of them revivals), the pasticcio Elisa, Ariosti’s Lucio Vero and Teuzzone and Giovanni Bononcini’s Astianatte. The six parts Handel composed for him, Scipio in Scipione, Taxiles in Alessandro, Trasimede in Admeto, Oronte in Riccardo Primo, Medarse in Siroe and Alessandro in Tolomeo, indicate a narrow compass (a to ...