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date: 19 November 2019

Galerati, Caterinalocked

  • Winton Dean

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(b Venice; fl 1701–21). Italian soprano. She sang in Florence in 1701–2, Venice in 1703, Naples in 1704–7 and 1710–11 (15 operas, including Porpora’s Flavio Anicio Olibrio and Alessandro Scarlatti’s La fede riconosciuta), Vienna in 1709, Genoa in 1712 and Milan in 1718. In 1714–15 she appeared frequently in London, mostly in pasticcios and revivals, playing Goffredo in Handel’s Rinaldo and possibly replacing Anastasia Robinson as Oriana in his Amadigi di Gaula. She was a member of the first Royal Academy for two seasons from 1720, singing in Porta’s Numitore, Handel’s Radamisto (first as Tigrane, then as Fraarte), Giovanni Bononcini’s Astarto, the composite Muzio Scevola and two pasticcios. Her salary was £250 for the short spring season and £400 from November to June 1721. She specialized in male roles; the 12 parts she is known to have sung in London did not include a single woman. Her compass as Tigrane was ...

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