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date: 26 February 2020

Strada del Pò, Anna Maria locked

  • Winton Dean

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(b Bergamo; fl 1719–41). Italian soprano . She sang in four operas in Venice in 1720–21, the first of them Vivaldi’s La verità in cimento, then in Milan in 1721, Livorno in 1722 and Lucca in 1724. She appeared at the S Bartolomeo, Naples (1724–6), in Vinci’s Eraclea and Astianatte, Porpora’s Semiramide, Leo’s Zenobia in Palmira and two operas by Porta. While in Naples she married Aurelio del Pò, who for a time managed the theatre and signed the dedication of a number of librettos in 1721–5. He is said to have married Strada because he owed her 2000 ducats and could find no other means of satisfying her.

In 1729 Handel engaged Strada for London, where she made her début as Adelaida in Lotario and was the leading soprano in all his operas and oratorios until 1737. She sang more major Handel parts than any other singer, appearing in at least 24 operas, the opera-ballet ...

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