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date: 22 November 2019

Pellegrini, Valeriano locked

  • Winton Dean
  •  and John Rosselli

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(b Verona, ?c 1663; d Rome, Jan 18, 1746). Italian soprano castrato and composer . He sang in the Chiesa Nuova and the Cappella Sistina choir in Rome, at Cardinal Ottoboni’s private concerts and in Bononcini’s La fede publica in Vienna (1699). From 1705 to 1716 he was in the service of the Elector Palatine at Düsseldorf, where he created the difficult role of Gheroldo (requiring a range of c′ to b″) in Steffani’s Tassilone (1709) and was knighted. During this period he also appeared at Venice (as Nero in Handel’s Agrippina, 26 December 1709) and London. Pellegrini served the elector in other capacities; he acquired for him a large collection of medals at Verona in 1708, but in 1715 the painter Sebastiano Ricci shamelessly fobbed him off with a bogus Correggio. Pellegrini made his London début on 9 April 1712 at a concert in the Old Spring Garden, but did not appear on the stage until the following November. Handel composed for him Mirtillo in ...

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