- Kathleen Kuzmick Hansell
(b Camerino, nr Rome, bap. Dec 19, 1746; d Bath, April 8, 1810). Italian soprano castrato and composer. After early studies in Rome and possibly also in Naples with Porpora, he made his début at the Teatro della Valle in Rome in Piccinni’s Il finto astrologo (7 February 1765). His first major role was in Guglielmi’s Sesostri at Venice during Ascension Fair 1766. In the same year he entered the service of the Elector Maximilian III Joseph at Munich, where he remained until 1772. He first appeared there in Traetta’s Siroe (Carnival 1767) and later that year was given leave to perform in Venice and in Vienna, where Mozart and his father heard him in Hasse’s Partenope. Burney, visiting Rauzzini in August 1772, praised his virtuosity and the quality of his voice, but was most impressed by his abilities as a composer and harpsichordist. His last known operatic performance in Munich was in Bernasconi’s ...