Carestini, Giovanni [Cusanino ]
- Dale E. Monson
Dale E. Monson
(b Filottrano, nr Ancona, c1704; d?Filottrano, c1760). Italian soprano, later alto, castrato. He was taken to Milan at the age of 12 under the protection of the Cusani family, and first performed there in Vignati’s Porsena in 1719. Several northern appearances preceded his Roman début in 1721 (Scarlatti’s La Griselda), where he sang alongside Bernacchi, his teacher. He remained for two years and then graced the Viennese court in 1723–4, appearing in Fux’s Costanza e Fortezza in Prague. He was at Venice in 1724–6, 1729 and 1731, singing in operas by Vinci and Porpora, and in Rome in 1727–30, where he appeared in works by Vinci and Feo; he also sang in operas by Hasse and others in Naples, 1728–9. He crossed the Alps in 1731 and entered the service of the Duke of Bavaria in Munich, returning to Italy before following Handel to London in ...