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date: 15 November 2019

Bernacchi, Antonio Marialocked

  • Winton Dean


(b Bologna, June 23, 1685; d Bologna, March 1, 1756). Italian alto castrato. He was a pupil of Pistocchi and G.A. Ricieri, and studied counterpoint with G.A. Bernabei at Munich. He made his Italian operatic début at Genoa in 1703 and appeared in Vienna in 1709 and Venice in 1709–10, 1717–19, 1721–4, 1731–2 and 1735, singing in at least 22 operas there. During the same period he sang in many other Italian cities including Novara (1711), Bologna (1710, 1712–13, 1722, 1727, 1731), Florence (1712–15), Parma (1714, 1728–9, 1736–7), Pesaro (1719), Reggio nell’Emilia (1718, and 1719, in Gasparini’s Bajazet), Milan (1719), Rome (1712, 1721, in the first performance of Alessandro Scarlatti’s Griselda, and 1731), Turin (1726–7), Naples (1728–9) and Modena (1728–9, 1735–6). Following his success in Orlandini’s ...

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