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date: 19 November 2019

Bertolli, Francescalocked

  • Winton Dean


(b Rome; d Bologna, 9 Jan 1767). Italian contralto. In 1728 she was in the service of the Grand Duchess of Tuscany and sang in two operas in Bologna and two in Livorno. Handel engaged her for the second Royal Academy at the King's Theatre (1729–33); she appeared in 15 or 16 of his operas, in Ariosti's Coriolano, Leo's Catone and two pasticcios. She took part in Handel's first London performances of oratorio, singing in Esther and the bilingual Acis and Galatea (1732), and in the following year in Deborah. From 1733 to 1736 she sang with the Opera of the Nobility in 12 operas, including five by Porpora, Veracini's Adriano, and revivals of Bononcini's Astarto and Handel's Ottone. She returned to Handel (1736–7) and sang in four or five of his operas, and in a pasticcio based on Vinci's Didone. She sang in the first performances of Leo's ...

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