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date: 19 February 2020

Dotti, Anna Vincenzalocked

  • Winton Dean

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(b Bologna; fl 1711–28). Italian contralto. During the period 1711–16 she sang repeatedly in Bologna and in Mantua, Genoa, Florence, Livorno (in Bononcini’s Camilla), Reggio nell’Emilia and Venice (three operas, two of them by Vivaldi). Between 1717 and 1720 she appeared in 12 operas in Naples, including the version of Handel’s Rinaldo with additions by Leo at the royal palace in 1718, in which she was Almirena. From autumn 1724 she was for three seasons a member of the Royal Academy company in London as second woman to Cuzzoni, singing in Handel operas, Ariosti’s Artaserse, Dario and Lucio Vero, Bononcini’s Astianatte and the pasticcios Elpidia and Elisa. She created Irene in Tamerlano (1724) and Eduige in Rodelinda (1725), and appeared in revivals of Giulio Cesare, Ottone and probably Floridante. After Faustina Bordoni’s arrival in spring 1726 Dotti was allotted less important parts; Handel gave her only one aria in ...

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