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date: 15 November 2019

Calvesi, Vincenzolocked

  • Dorothea Link
  •  and John A. Rice


(b Rome; fl 1777–1811). Italian tenor. His first known appearance was in Rome in 1777. He sang in comic opera in Italy until 1782, specializing in mezzo carattere roles. From 1782 to 1783 he sang in Dresden, and in 1785 he settled in Vienna, making his début there as Sandrino in Paisiello’s Il re Teodoro. Except for a year’s leave of absence in 1788, which he spent mainly in Naples, he remained in Vienna until 1794. A versatile lyric tenor, he created leading roles in operas by Martín y Soler (Una cosa rara and L’arbore di Diana), Storace (Gli sposi malcontenti and Gli equivoci) and Salieri (La grotta di Trofonio and Axur, re d’Ormus), as well as Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte. In 1785 he sang the Count in the quartet ‘Dite almeno, in che mancai’ K479 and the trio ‘Mandina amabile’ ...

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C. Sartori: I libretti italiani a stampa dalle origini al 1800 (Cuneo, 1990-94)