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date: 21 January 2020

Raaff [Raff], Antonlocked

  • Daniel Heartz
  •  and Paul Corneilson


(b Gelsdorf, nr Bonn, bap. May 6, 1714; d Munich, May 28, 1797). German tenor. Originally educated for the priesthood, he sang in several dramas at the Jesuit college in Bonn while still a boy. After being appointed to the service of Clement Augustus, Elector of Cologne, Raaff was sent in 1736 to Munich, where he studied with Ferrandini and sang in his Adriano in Siria (1737). The following year he studied with Bernacchi in Bologna, remaining in Italy until 1741–2, when he returned to electoral service in Bonn. In 1749 he left for Vienna where he sang in several operas composed and directed by Jommelli. He was in Italy in 1751–2 when he was called to the court of Lisbon; from there he went in 1755 to Madrid, where he sang Amasi in Conforto’s Nitteti (1756). In 1759 he travelled with Farinelli to Naples....

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